Damaged Festival Prayer Book
This delicately decorated North-African Festival Prayer Book (Maḥzor) suffered water damage before it arrived in the library. Its text block is detached from the binding and most of its pages are loose. Due to the water damage and the corrosion caused by the iron-gall ink, the text is very faded. Luckily, the pages were just about sturdy enough to photograph (with extreme care). Although the physical item is too fragile to handle, thanks to digitisation it can now be studied online.