Scribe and artist: Asher ben Isaac, Germany, 1471, 4 x 3 3/4 in. (10.2 x 9.5 cm), MS. Opp. 776, fol. 79b

This "siddur," or book of Jewish daily prayers, is from the collection of Rabbi David ben Abraham Oppenheimer. It is unique for its musical imagery, including depictions of at least ten medieval instruments. Here, a group of nine musicians illustrates the word panel "Hoshana" (Save, I pray), which begins the "Hoshanot," the hymns chanted during the week-long holiday of Sukkot. Asher ben Isaac made the book for the use of his own family, for whom music may have had a special significance.

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