He brought us to Mount Sinai, he gave us the Torah; he brought us into the land of Israel; and he built the Temple for us … ‘ Recto, there is no decoration. Verso, The beginning of an important Passover text is marked by the large historiated initial word panel depicting its author, Gamaliel. A scene appears beneath his name in which a teacher, presumably the rabbi himself, instructs four pupils seated at a table before him. He is considerably larger than them, and sits in a high chair, holding an open book next to a lectern containing two others. Two of the four male students, who are of varying ages, are bearded.
Leaf size is approximately 255 x 190mm (10 x 7.5in)