The Hebrew text of the Book of Esther is written within hand-painted arches decorated with birds and animals, floral motif, and flowers. The details on either side of the arches are drawn against a black background. The columns of text are separated with a repeating floral pattern with acanthus leaves. The only narrative scene in the scroll - the hanging of Haman (Es. 7:10) - is incorporated in the column containing a section listing the names of the ten sons of Haman (Es. 9:6-10). The upper margins are decorated with foliate and floral ornaments, while the lower margins are blank. Some details are painted with tempera, while others are only pen-and-ink drawings.
| Jever (?)
L | Lion
O | Ornamentation: | Foliate and floral ornaments | Floral motif
O | Ornamentation: | Ornament
A | Animals and Beasts
O | Ornamentation: | Foliate and floral ornaments
O | Ornamentation: | Architectural frame
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
The scroll contains 16 columns of the text with 24 or 25 lines each, except for the column including Haman's sons section which is written in 11 lines divided into two half-columns.
The text is written in Hebrew square Ashkenazi script with tagin in dark brown (almost black ink) on the flesh side of parchment sheets.
The ruling is made with a hardpoint along with the membranes.
The sheets in the scroll are stitched together.
A similar scroll is stored at the Klau Library, the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati (scroll no. 55 (V.8)) available on https://huc.on.worldcat.org/oclc/1015672768 (accessed on 28.06.2021).
Until the end of the 1950s owned by the Jever Jewish community, later in the collection of Dr. Zvi Asaria. In 1984 acquired by the BLM.
Jüdisches Kulturgerät. Eine Auswahl aus den Sammlungen, Braunschweig 1984, p. 22 (Veröffentlichungen des Braunschweigischen Landesmuseums 40).
Stadt im Wandel. Kunst und Kultur des Bürgertums in Norddeutschland 1150–1650, Austellungkatalog, vol. 1, Braunschweig 1985, p. 514.