This is a reproduction of a folio from the Kennicott Bible.
The page features a background of turquoise filigree with a seven-branched menorah standing on a crouching lion. The two pairs of stylized tongs hanging from the lower branches of the menorah were "made for extracting the wicks from the oil, for putting them into position, and drawing them into the mouths" (Rashi on Exodus 25:38). The lion may symbolize the tribe of Judah, whom Jacob blessed.
The Kennicott Bible is one of the most lavish mediaeval Spanish manuscripts in existence. This completely vocalised Bible with massoretic notes, hand-written in a clear Sephardi script of the Middle Ages, was lavishly illuminated and bound into goatskin box binding, blind-embossed on all six sides. The Bible is a treasure of the Bodliean Library in Oxford, England and named after Benjamin Kennicott, the English Hebraist (1718-1783) who continued the English tradition of studying the Hebrew bible.
Each Kennicott Bible facsimile is printed in up to 12 colors on specially made parchment paper and burnished gold was copied by laying metal leaf by hand. Produced in England by Facsimile Editions.
12-1/2"t x 10"w