‘a small white handkerchief made of fine sticky material and a piece of red brocade’

Medieval synagogues in Egypt were richly furnished with colourful tapestries from across the world, carved woodwork, and copper, silver and gold lamps. As the largest synagogue in Fustat, the Ben Ezra sometimes stored valuables from other congregations: this inventory lists precious objects which belonged to the synagogue of the Babylonians (Iraqi Jews) in Fustat. It includes a detailed list of the books and scrolls, often the most valuable items in the synagogue, with the names of those who donated them.

Hebrew, parchment, Fustat, 1080 CE

T-S 20.47

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