Three Lives of Sarajevo Haggadah

Plakat Tri Zivota Sarajevske Hagade Web Ispravak


The exhibition "Three Lives of Sarajevo Haggadah" curated by Aleksandra Bunčić and Mirsad Sijarić, follows the story and journey of the “Sarajevo Haggadah” from the medieval Kingdom of Aragon, through Italy to Sarajevo, where the manuscript is being safeguarded by the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, after being purchased by at the end of the 19th century.

Selected pages from the Sarajevo Haggadah, as well as comparative material – archival documents, pages from other medieval manuscripts, objects from archaeological and herbarium collections, give the insight in circumstances and reasons for this enigmatic Hebrew manuscript creation. The exhibition is completed with minerals, which in the medieval times were the base for dyes used in manuscripts, and the documents on the Haggadah’s journey to Vienna, where for the first time it was a subject to expertise.

The exhibition underlines not only artistic and aesthetic uniqueness of the Sarajevo Haggadah, its specificities that single it out of the other, very few, medieval Sephardic haggadot, but, in a wider sense, its cultural and historical importance and role of book in spiritual life of Jews in general.

A part of the exhibition make facsimile editions of the Sarajevo Haggadah published so far, including the first one from 1898, and the latest, published in 2018 by the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina as the sole publisher for the first time.