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Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts
  GFC Esther Scroll with Pointed Arches and Floral Motif in Brown Ink, Meknes, ca. 1850

© Gross Family Collection (GFC), Photographer: Bar Hama, Ardon, -

The text of the Book of Esther is copied within pointed arches and the spaces between them are filled with floral motif on the dark background. Exceptionally, inside the twenty-sixth panel, a rectangular frame is drawn in which the text is written. The prefatory and final panels include additional texts accompanying the Megillah reading.

The scroll is mounted on a wooden roller decorated with an openwork; the scroll is not stitched together with a roller.

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Name/Title
GFC Esther Scroll with Pointed Arches and Floral Motif in Brown Ink | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
Ca. 1850
Synagogue active dates
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
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Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
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Material/Technique
Ink on parchment + wood and metal
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
The scroll: 114x1910 mm.
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Condition

The scroll - except for the prefatory and final panels - is well preserved. The opening part of the scroll is damaged and the text is less legible than in the following panels. The final panel is incomplete; it lacks its upper and lower parts.

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
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents

The Book of Esther in Hebrew that is preceded by the poem Kuma Elohim ezrata li and followed by the benedictions and the fragments of the poem Shoshanat Yakov.

Codicology

The scroll is formed of 4 sheets, in total containing 26 columns of text with 22 lines each, except for col. 22 which has 11 lines divided into two half-columns. There are also prefatory and final panels.

The number of columns of text per sheet: no. 1 - a prefatory panel + 11 columns, no. 2 - 11 columns, no. 3 - 4 columns + final panel.

The text is written in Hebrew square Oriental script in brown ink on the flesh side of parchment membranes. The blank side is yellower than the side of the text and decorations.

The letter ח (Es. 1:6) is enlarged and formed of two parts joined with a roof. The letter ת (Es. 9:29) is enlarged. Other enlarged and diminished letters are written in col. 22.

There are two decorated letters ע in the scroll.

The ruling is made with a hard point but the lines are barely visible.

The pricking is invisible.

The membranes of the scroll are stitched together.

The text in the final panel is written in semi-cursive script.

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
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Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

The decorations in the scroll are executed in the same ink as was used for writing the text of the Book of Esther, but the additional texts in the prefatory and final panels are written and decorated with different ink.

A leather strip is stitched to the right edge of the first membrane.

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Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography

No bibliography on the manuscript is available.

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Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
Author of description
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
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