KALILA AND DIMNA, IN HEBREW

15th century, 8 5/8 x 6 1/8 in. (21.9 x 15.6 cm), MS. Opp. Add. 4° 101, fol. 44b

Jacob ben Eleazar of Toledo translated "Kalila and Dimna" from the Arabic in the early thirteenth century, introducing rhymed prose into Hebrew literature. The complexity of his language points to the existence of a sophisticated public capable of appreciating its subtlety. This copy was made some two hundred years later. The drawing shows a jackal, one of the main characters of the fable collection.




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