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Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts
  Hechal Shlomo Leather Esther Scroll with Floral Decoration, unidentified origin, 19th century

© Dagmara Budzioch, Photographer: Budzioch, Dagmara, 5.2015

The scroll is made of light brown leather (gvil) membranes and opens with a symmetrical multifoil decoration in which the benedictions are inscribed. Each corner is decorated with the same composition of three flowers and leaves. 

The scroll is mounted on a wooden roller.

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Name/Title
Hechal Shlomo Leather Esther Scroll with Floral Decoration | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
19th century
Synagogue active dates
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Unknown | (?)
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Unknown |
Congregation
Unknown
Location
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Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Ink and paints on leather (gvil) + wood
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
The scroll: 237 x ca. 3670 mm.
Dimensions of the selected details in the scroll:
- the opening decoration - 205x105 mm;
- an average text column - 185x150 mm (the columns are not of the same size);
- an average letter: 5 mm (height);
- spaces between the subsequent lines of the text: 3 mm.

The roller: 450 mm (height).
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Condition

The opening part of the manuscript is rather damaged and it is stained.

The fourth sheet is darker than the rest of the scroll, it can be also dirtier.

There are some holes in the membranes.

The sheets are folded between the text columns; this suggests that the scroll could be used for the Megillah reading.

The benedictions are preserved in worse condition than the text of the Book of Esther.

Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
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Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
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Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents

The Book of Esther in Hebrew with initial benedictions

Codicology

The scroll is formed of 6 membranes (+ a short piece of leather that joins the scroll itself with the rod) containing 19 text columns with 19 lines, except for col. 16 with 11 lines divided into two parts.

The text is copied in intense black ink, in the Sephardi square script with tagin, on the hair side of the leather (gvil) membranes that are of a medium thickness and very soft.

The letters ח (Es. 1:6) and ת (Es. 9:29) are enlarged. Other enlarged and diminished letters can be found in col. 16. 

The ruling is made along the whole length of the membranes; the lines are also visible on the blank side of membranes. In the scroll both - upper and lower - horizontal lines are marked that is rare for Hebrew manuscripts. The spaces between the lines are not the same.

The membranes are stitched together.

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

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Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

This manuscript is an exception because leather scrolls are only rarely decorated, especially in color paints; see "Related objects".

The corrections are written on the glued pieces of leather.

To the right edge of the first membrane a narrow leather belt is stitched; it is made of the same leather as the manuscript itself. 

The first membrane is trimmed into a semicircle but it lacks a part of it.

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography

No bibliography on the scroll is available.

Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Author of description
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
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