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(VII) Img. ID: 5282 IM Griselini Esther Scroll, col. 15, Venice, 1740s edit  
Category: Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts

General Document

2 Name/Title IM Griselini Esther Scroll | Unknown
3a Object Esther scroll (megillat Esther)
3b Object Detail col. 15
4a Artist/ Maker Griselini, Francesco (1717-1787) (Engraver)
5 Date 1740s
5a Activity Dates
5b Reconstruction Dates
6 Period Unknown
6a Period Detail
7 Origin Italy | Veneto | Venice
| (?)
8 Community Unknown |
9 Collection Israel | Jerusalem | Israel Museum (IM)
| Ms. 182/028
9a Documentation / Research project Unknown
10 Location Israel | Jerusalem | Israel Museum (IM)
| Ms. 182/028
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Griselini scrolls|
13 Iconographical Subject Architectural frame
Vase with flowers
Ahasuerus speaks to Esther and Mordecai (Es. 8:7-8)
The new decree allowing the Jews to defend themselves (Es. 8:8-10) |
14 Category
17 Photographer Unknown
18 Photograph Date
19 Negative/ Photo. No.
19a Scan No.
20 Description

The frame below column no. 15 is printed in an improper place. In the background of the image, on the sky, there is number "14" that in the scroll from the IM collection is barely visible. It suggests that the frame was planned for column no. 14; in the consequence, there is no relationship between the text inscribed in the column and the episodes depicted in the frame below it. The same, disturbed, order of the narrative scenes can be observed in all exemplars of the Griselini scrolls containing four membranes and in the scroll from the Israel Museum collection. In the scrolls representing the same pattern but formed of five membranes, the narrative scenes are printed in the proper order.

On the right, before Ahasuerus seated on the throne placed on a pedestal, under a canopy, stands Queen Esther attended by three maid-servants. Next to the throne, most likely Mordecai and two other men are standing (Es. 8:7-8). The gestures of the king and the queen suggest that they are talking. On the left, there is a long table at which a scribe is seated (Es. 8:9); he is accompanied by three other people.  

21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
24 Codicology

The scroll is formed of 5 (?) membranes with the text inscribed in 19 (?) text columns with 19 lines (?) each.

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
Ink on parchment (hand written text, printed decorations)
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
The dimensions of the decorative details are as follows:
- a balustrade - ca. 30 mm high;
- a frame with illustrations - ca. 75x30 mm;
- a flower-filled vase - ca. 30x40 mm;
- a segment with a pair of birds - ca. 40x90 mm;
- a column - ca. 22x100 mm
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
Every membrane, in the lower-left corner, bears engraver's signature "Griselini f.". Most likely letter f is an abbreviation for Latin word fecit that means "made by".
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

At least 9 scrolls representing the same pattern are extant; in the Index see IDs: 34641.

For other Griselini works see the Bragadini Bible of 1739 (e.g. BC 150, Braginsky Collection, Zurich) and the decoration for the sukkah.

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
42 Biography
43 Bibliography

Bibliography concerning Griselini scrolls from various collections:

A Journey through Jewish Worlds: Highlights from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books, eds. Evelyn M. Cohen, Emile Schrijver, Sharon Mintz, Amsterdam 2009, pp. 242–245 (additionally pp. 126-127 for the Bible of 1739 illustrated with Griselini's engravings).

Schöne Seiten. Jüdische Schriftkultur aus der Braginsky Collection, eds. Emile Schrijver, Falk Wiesemann, Evelyn M. Cohen, Sharon Liberman Mintz, Menachem Schmeltzer, Zurich 2011, pp. 264‒265 (additionally pp. 246-247 for the Bible of 1739 illustrated with Griselini's engravings).

Dagmara Budzioch, The Decorated Megillot Esther in the Moses Gaster Hebrew Manuscript Collection at the John Rylands Library: a comparative analysis with reference to Eighteenth-century Italian scrolls, "Journal of Semitic Studies. Supplementary Series", in print.

Dagmara Budzioch, Dekorowane zwoje Estery z Żydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego w Warszawie na tle tradycji dekorowania megillot Ester w XVII i XVIII wieku. Zarys problematyki, Warszawa 2019, 1:128–136.

Biography of Griselini in Italian and bibliography available on http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/francesco-griselini_(Dizionario-Biografico)/ (accessed on 11.04.2020).

43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
74 | 077
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
48 Temp: Addenda

Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Dagmara Budzioch 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