Ornamentation: | Cherub-head
Putto (Putti in Plural)
Basket | Basket with flowers
Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Mordecai refusing to bow down before Haman (Es. 3:2)
Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Ahasuerus extending his scepter to Esther (Es. 5:2)
Membranes are glued
This image belongs to the ''Ursula and Kurt Schubert Archive'' in the Center for Jewish Art.
Aryeh Leib ben Daniel of Goray (18th century, dates of life unknown) was prolific artist and scribe who used to include scribal notes in his manuscripts and due to them, some stages of his career can be traced. The earliest evidence of his artistic activity are scrolls dated to 1732 and 1733 when he was still in his hometown of Goray (Pol. Goraj, Poland). Around 1737 his presence and activity are testified in Germany and in the 1740s in Italy. Here he executed at least several examples of the decorated scrolls and in some other adorned with printed frames designed by Francesco Griselini (see in the Index) he copied the text of Megillah. The latest manuscript including Aryeh Leib's colophon is dated to 1755 and was written in France. The scrolls created over 20 years of his activity as an artist and a scribe show that his style developed and transformed from the manuscripts painted in multicolored and delicate water paints to these decorated solely in a pen and brown ink that feature his mature style. So far, no manuscripts - other than Esther scrolls - produced by him have been found.
For other scrolls decorated by this artist-scribe (or attributed to him) see IDs 23765, 23767, 34761.