Sheet no. 4
Columns of text nos. 21-26 are surrounded by hand-painted floral decorations. The scenes (nos. 21-26) in the lower margins illustrate:
21. A couple standing between a big flower and a building.
22. A couple - possibly Haman (a man with a sword) and his wife, Zeresh - standing between a big flower and a building.
23. On the right and in the center, Haman is falling on Esther's bed while he is begging for his life (Es. 7:8) that is witnessed by the king. On the left, Haman is hanged (Es. 7:10).
24. Two mounted men and a man following them - possibly the king's messengers (Es. 8:14).
25. One of the battles between the Jews and their enemies but it is difficult to determine which verse is depicted here.
26. On the right, a man is seated on a chair and another man is in front of him. On the left, a man is seated at a table and another one is approaching the table - both scenes are difficult to interpret.
An additional illustration (no. 27) - the hanging of Haman's ten sons (Es. 9:14) is incorporated into col. 23. There are ten small gallows with a single body suspending from each of them. Below them, two flowers are painted. Also, this is the only column in the scroll that is decorated with an abstract geometric pattern on either side.
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Haman falling on Esther's bed (Es. 7:8)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Haman hanged (Es. 7:10)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Ahasuerus' messenger(s) (Es. 8:14)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Jews battle their enemies (Es. 9:5-12)
O | Ornamentation: | Foliate and floral ornaments
V | Vase | Vase with flowers
A | Abstract | Abstract geometric
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Haman's sons hanged (Es. 9:14)
O | Ornamentation: | Foliate and floral ornaments | Flower
O | Ornamentation: | Main text framed
In general, the manuscript (the text, decorations, and parchments) is well preserved.
It seems the opening decoration is not complete and lacks its part on the right-hand side.
The final part of the decoration (on the left side of the last panel) is a later addition to the scroll.
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
The scroll is formed of 4 sheets, in total containing 27 columns of text with 16 lines each, except for col. 23 which has 11 lines divided into two half-columns.
The number of columns of text per sheet: no. 1 - 6 columns, nos. 2 and 3 - 7 columns, no. 4 - 6 columns.
The text is written in Hebrew square Ashkenazi script with tagin in dark brown-black ink on the flesh side of parchment membranes.
The letter ח (Es. 1:6) is enlarged and decorated with scrolled feet. The letter ת (Es. 9:29) is enlarged.
It seems the ruling was done with a pencil; only vertical lines are visible.
The pricking is invisible.
The membranes of the scroll are glued together.
The place of the manuscript's origin - Brno - is given according to William Gross.
The text panels are of different widths.
No bibliography on the manuscript is available.