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The first column of the text (sheet 1) surrounded by a decorative painted border. It starts with an enlarged opening word of the Megillah (ויהי) framed in an oval flanked by stylized acanthus leaves. In the upper margin, the medallion with the bust of the king is placed and in the lower margin, the feast is represented. At the table men and women are sitting together, therefore possibly it joins two episodes - the feast of the king (Es. 1:3-8) and the feast of the queen (Es. 1:9). Two servants are approaching the table.

Name/Title
Hechal Shlomo Rocaille Esther Scroll | Unknown
Object Detail
col. 1
Date
18th century
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Unknown (Unknown)
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Unknown
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School/Style
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Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Material/Technique
Ink and paints on parchment
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
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Construction material
Measurements
The scroll: 220x1240 mm.
The length of the sheets in the scroll: 1) ca. 530 mm, 2) 505 mm, 3) 205 mm.
Dimensions of the selected details in the scroll:
- text panel: 130x85 mm;
- upper margin: 35 mm;
- lower margin: 45 mm;
- an average illustration: 40x85 mm + shell motif on either side;
- spaces between the text panels: ca. 27 mm (width).
An average letter is 2 mm high, whereas the letters in col. 11 are 5 mm high.
The space between the subsequent lines of the text is 2 mm high.
The rod: 400 mm.
The pull bar: 395 mm.
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Condition
The very beginning of the manuscript that is attached to the wooden pull bar as well as the first text panel are preserved in very poor condition. This part of the sheet is damaged, dark, and the decorations are faded. The lower margin of the second sheet is also preserved in poor condition and it lacks some parts of it. The text is faded and less legible in some places but in general, it is quite well preserved. The layer of paints in decorations is damaged and faded; in some cases, it is due to the parchment's state of preservation that is damaged and folded in some places.
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
0–  Coordinates: 0.000000, 0.000000
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents

The Book of Esther in Hebrew

Codicology

The scroll is formed of 3 sheets containing 12 columns of the text with 28 lines, except for col. 1 with 22 lines (+ initial) and col. 11 with 11 lines divided into two parts.

The text is inscribed in the Hebrew Ashkenazi square script in light black ink, on the flesh side of parchment sheets that are rather thin. The flesh side is more smooth and brighter than the blank side that is rather suede and darker, however, the color of the sheets is not the same.

The opening word of the Megillah (ויהי) is written in enlarged and bolded letters, framed in an oval flanked by stylized acanthus leaves.

The letter ע in the final word of the book is highlighted by an elongated left arm and the lower component of the letter is decorated with a long stroke that is bent to the right.

The letter ח (Es. 1:6) is highlighted by its form - it is composed of two parts joined with a roof; its legs end with small hooks. The letter ת (Es. 9:29) is highlighted by its size. Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 11.

In general, the ruling is almost invisible on both sides of parchment sheets. The lines made with a stylus can be discerned on blank parts of the 11th text panel and in the decorations between the text panels. This shows that both lines - upper and lower - were made along with the sheets. 

There are hardly any margins in the text panels.

The membranes are stitched.

Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon

None

Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
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Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

In institutional and private collections several similar examples are held; in the Index see ID 37731.

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography

For a short English description of similar scrolls see: Sotheby's

Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Researcher
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
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Negative/Photo. No.
M001533