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Ilanot (trees, sg. ilan) are a unique iconotextual genre, artifacts constituted by the wedding of parchment and the arboreal schema that represents the kabbalistically-construed divine world. Produced by kabbalists since the 14th century, they have been primarily used for study, performative contemplation and theurgic practices. Medieval and Renaissance ilanot visualize and introduce the sefirotic network; early modern Lurianic roll…

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Abate, Emma and Chajes, Yossi, “Ilanot”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online, General Editor: Emile Schrijver. Consulted online on 23 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-4026_EJBO_SIM_034369>
First published online: 2022

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