Translated title of the contribution: Instrumentos musicales en las biblias hebreas ibéricas iluminadas

Guy Shaked

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Some Iberian Hebrew Bibles produced from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century feature depictions of musical instruments within the full-page illustrations of the Temple implements. These instruments have been found to be similar to those in two contemporary Iberian Christian manuscripts: Cantigas de Santa Maria Codex E and Peter Comestor’s Historia Scholastica. The trumpets and ram’s horn appear next to one another in the Bibles and their appearance together is a unique feature in Jewish art. Also noteworthy is the fact that most of the trumpets have some gold or are entirely of gold or are gilded whereas the Temple’s and Tabernacle’s trumpets were specifically said to be made of pure silver. This article suggests that these two features reflect an attempt on the part of Iberian Jews to associate their music with that of the court of King Alfonso X and his heirs, as the illustrations imply that they and the king had shared musical roots.

Translated title of the contributionInstrumentos musicales en las biblias hebreas ibéricas iluminadas
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-246
Number of pages22
JournalEspacio, Tiempo y Forma, Serie VII: Historia del Arte
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2022

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  • Alfonso X el Sabio
  • Cantigas de Santa Maria
  • Iberian Hebrew Bibles
  • medieval Iberian Jewish art
  • medieval Iberian Jewish music
  • medieval Iberian music
  • paleography


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