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(VII) Img. ID: 328807 Hand-Painted Copy of Esther Scroll with Portrait Medallions, opening panel and cols. 1-4, Austria, late 19th century edit  
Category: Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts

General Document

2 Name/Title Hand-Painted Copy of Esther Scroll with Portrait Medallions | Unknown
3a Object Esther scroll (megillat Esther)
with benedictions
with piyyutim
in ha-Melekh layout
3b Object Detail opening panel and cols. 1-4
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date late 19th century
5a Activity Dates
5b Reconstruction Dates
6 Period Unknown
6a Period Detail
7 Origin Austria
| (?)
8 Community Unknown |
9 Collection Private collections | Sc_733
9a Documentation / Research project Unknown
10 Location Unknown|
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown|
13 Iconographical Subject Portrait medallion
Foliate and floral ornaments
Ahasuerus and Esther, enthroned
Mordecai's triumph (Es. 6:11)
Ahasuerus' banquet (Es. 1:3-8)
Vashti's banquet (Es. 1:9)
Esther and maiden(s) are brought to the palace (Es. 2:8)
Scene, unidentified | (?)
14 Category
17 Photographer Bar Hama, Ardon
18 Photograph Date -
19 Negative/ Photo. No. digital
19a Scan No. M002064
20 Description

Opening panel: The panel contains all three benedictions recited before the reading of Megillah; they start from the enlarged letter ב. In the upper margin, the royal couple and several servants are depicted. In the lower margin, crowned Mordecai rides on horseback, and the horse is led by a man - Haman. In the background a walled city is visible. The scene is depicted twice in the scroll (see description of col. 11).

Col. 1: In the upper margin, a bust of the king is depicted. In the lower margin, possibly, the king's feast is enclosed. At the table, seven men are seated, and they are accompanied by two men (servants?) who are standing on either side of the table.

Col. 2: In the upper margin, a bust of one of the queens is depicted; it is just above the second text column, so it can be assumed that she is Queen Vashti. In the lower margin, possibly, the feast of Queen Vashti is shown. In the image, there is a table with seven people seated at it; above a central figure, a canopy is marked.

Col. 3: In the upper margin, a bust of a bearded man is depicted; he can be Mordecai. In the lower margin, several women are lead by a man (most likely Hegai) to the buildings depicted on the right.

Col. 4: In the upper margin, a bust of a young woman is depicted; she can be Esther before she became a queen. In the lower margin, an unidentified scene is represented. On the left, the king sits on a throne and a man gives him a cup; there is a gate on the right. It could be an allusion to the Midrashic tale saying about poisoned wine that the chamberlains, Bightan and Teresh, planned to give to the king.

21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
25a Material Structure
25b Material Decoration
25c Material Bonding
25d Material Inscription
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors
25k Construction Material

26 Measurements
26a Height
26b Length
26c Width
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks
38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
48 Temp: Addenda

Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Tova Szeintuch; Dagmara Budzioch 15/1/2017; 2020 49a
50 Researcher Dagmara Budzioch 2020 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head 53a
54 Editor 54a
55 Donor 55a