attributed to R. MEIR BEN JUDAH ASHKENAZI POPPERS
Ilan Ha-Gadol [The Great Tree]
In Hebrew, vertical scroll on parchment with diagrams and tables
East-Central Europe, Late 17th Century – Early 18th Century
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.