illumination for garb inspiration-Jewish lady of 1300 Spain
- Greetings all--
Has anyone else seen the Universe Publishing calendar for the Jewish year 5766 (2005
-2006) with images from the Prato Haggadah (Spain, c. 1300)?
I'm using the March image as inspiration for my next clothing project for myself. It is a
seder scene (that's what Jesus' "last supper" was, if you need a mental image and have no
idea what a Passover seder looks like!) with four adults and two children sitting at the
What I love about the clothing visible in several of the images in the calendar is the
obvious "transition" from loose tunics to more fitted garb. I've heard arguments so often
about how/when this occured.
Anyway, I'm about to contact the JTS (Jewish Theological Society, who owns the
manuscript) to see if I can learn for sure whether/which of the 12 included images are
from finished pages. (30 illuminations were finished, 59 were partially completed.)
I've never seen clothing quite like this before, but it appears on 2 different images that
people (men and women) are wearing tight white undersleeves (clearly visible) under
looser, just-past-elbow-length sleeves with short (10 inch?) tippets. It is possible that
both are unfinished pages as there is still a fair amount of "white" area that could be
preperatory line drawings. Considering the more risque nature of Spanish Christian
clothing of the era (compared to elsewhere in Europe), however, I wonder if this wasn't still
modest enough clothing for Jewish people? (Laced gowns on Christain Spanish women of
the 13th C. already showed even the sides of the camisa, not even just the sleeves.)
The artist's lines on one garment really suggest fitted armscyes to me, too, though the
tunics are generally still quite loose-fitting in appearance.
Three other images from this manuscript show looser, belted/blousy tunics with tight/
I would love to hear others' knowledge, thoughts and opinions on this style, or if anyone
has seen similar gowns in art with either white (camisa?) or colored (undergown?) sleeves
showing below the elbow. I've seen similar (but blousier/looser) outfits on MEN in the
Maciejowski Bible, and on both sexes (still looser) in the Manesse Codex and Cantigas.
There appear to be a mix of white and colored undersleeves in those sources. I've never
seen the short tippets combined with the tight undersleeves elsewhere, however.
I would love to forego a 3rd layer of clothing in the summer and still be highly accurate...
> Has anyone else seen the Universe Publishing calendar for the Jewishyear 5766 (2005
> -2006) with images from the Prato Haggadah (Spain, c. 1300)?<snip>
The garb sounds nifty (naturally, since it's Spanish ;) - is there any
way you can post the image to the Files section of the Group, or is it
- --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "dona_violante" <dona_violante@...> wrote:
> > Has anyone else seen the Universe Publishing calendar ... with imagesThe JTS only has a few images online.
>> from the Prato Haggadah (Spain, c. 1300)?
> The garb sounds nifty (naturally, since it's Spanish ;) - is there any
> way you can post the image to the Files section of the Group, or is it
> online anywhere?
You can see the visible tight, white sleeves (and short tippets on oversleeves) I am so
interested in on that page in folio 5V, although that image shows a guy. He does have a
very clear, black line drawn on his inner calves which strongly suggests seamed hose to
me, and is also interesting.
They are planning a high-quality facsimile run of 250 copies, but I doubt that will be in my
I wouldn't be comfortable posting a (c) image online, but I will make a stab at sketching
what I can see of the two women in the seder scene.
Another fascinating thing in this image is the sheer veils on the women. Even today, many
Jewish women keep their hair covered completely from view, and you can clearly see the
hair through these veils. Coupled with the tight, white undersleeves, I'm guessing this
hagaddah wasn't used by what we would today call the most Orthodox Jewish people.