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First Gaster Bible

Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Made in Egypt or Palestine
Medium:
Ink and pigments on parchment with gold leaf ornamentation; 40 folios
Dimensions:
13 x 9 1/2 in. (33 x 24.2 cm)
Classification:
Manuscripts
Credit Line:
The British Library, London (Or.9879)
Not on view
This fragment is one of the oldest extant Hebrew illuminated texts. Featuring gold embellishments and ornate calligraphy, it recalls the Kufic writing in contemporaneous Arabic manuscripts and an early edition of the Tiberian Masorah, the critical apparatus to the Jewish biblical text developed during the early Islamic period.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.