An arcade, whose architectonic elements are detached one from the other, frames the preface to the Perek Helek (TB, San 10:1), occupying about three-quarters of the right text column. It is composed of two columns resting on trapezoidal bases and ending with diagonally-cut capitals, above which are two suspended medallions, surmounted by spandrels above which is the round arch, framed by two more spandrels. Each part of the arcade is decorated with different foliate and geometrical patterns in sepia, red, yellow and off-white paint (which has become grayish for oxidation), rows of triangles in spared-ground technique and tinted in red, yellow and grayish and sepia for the bases; stylized acanthus scrolls in the left column and leaves enclosed in heart-shaped scrolls in the right one; a circle formed by four stylized palmettos in profile for the medallions hanging above the columns; a bricks motif for the two lower spandrels; a running motif of palmetto scrolls fills the arch above.
Along the right-hand side of the text columns, each new paragraph is emphasized with a “D”-shaped sign in blue or pink, one along the right column, and two on the left. They incorporate stylized and elongated leaves and flourishes extending along the text column, sometimes crossing into the upper and lower margins, as well as rows of dots, pearls, buds, curls, tendrils and thorns.