Description & Technical information

This is a fine example of a kabbalistic scroll, known as an ilan (pl. ilanot) for its tree-like diagrams, nearly fourteen feet long.  There are several versions of this ilan, which is attributed to important Lurianic kabbalist Rabbi Meir ben Judah Poppers. Text and drawings vary in the several dozen surviving examples.  The version found in this scroll, earlier than the printed version and different from it in a number of striking details, is known in only two or three similar manuscripts.

Date:  Late 17th – Early 18th Century
Period:  1600-1750, 17th century, 18th century
Origin:  East-Central Europe
Categories: Illuminated Manuscripts & Medieval Works of Art