The scroll opens with a rectangular decorative panel that is the only decoration in this manuscript. In its center, a decorative cartouche with an unidentified coat of arms is placed; it is preserved very poorly but it can be assumed that it depicted a gold rampant lion. It is framed and just above it, there is a crown with Hebrew inscription כתר תורה ("crown of Torah") that is flanked by two bird looking backward. Below the central cartouche, another elongated cartouche filled with Hebrew inscription is placed (see "Scribal Notes"). It is supported by two lions; above them, two compositions of flowers can be seen.
The scroll is accompanied by a separate decorated benedictions sheet. The blessings recited before and after the Megillah reading, ארור המן Arur Haman, and the liturgical poem (piyut) קוראי מגילה Korei Megillah are inscribed in the architectural framing consisting of seven arcades. Each of the aforementioned texts occupies a single arcade and starts with an enlarged and bolded word (five times occur the word ברוך – "blessed", and once ארור – "cursed" and קוראי – "reading"). They are bordered with a decorative frame composed of floral motifs and between the arcades, small birds appear. Above the central arcade, there is an elongated crown inscribed in Hebrew כתר תורה - "crown of Torah". In the lower margin, an elongated cartouche with the Hebrew inscription of the scribe, Josef ben Moses Malomonte (or Melo Monte), appears (see "Scribal Notes").
The scroll together with the benedictions sheet is mounted on a wooden roller.
The manuscript is well preserved, although some paints in the opening decoration have flaked off.
The Book of Esther in Hebrew with a separate benedictions sheet containing benedictions and a liturgical poem for Purim festival
The scroll is formed of 7 sheets containing 32 columns of the text with 19 lines, except for col. 28 with 11 lines divided into two parts.
The number of columns of the text per membrane: no. 1 - 4, no. 2 - 5, no. 3 - 5, no. 4 - 6, no. 5 - 5, no. 6 - 5, no. 7 - 3.The text is inscribed in the Hebrew Italian square script with tagin (in some places, taginwere omitted) in intense black and shiny ink on the parchment membranes.
The letter ח (Es. 1:6) is highlighted by its form - it is formed of two elements joined with a roof, it is enlarged and decorated with scrolling feet. The letter of the same shape appears also in col. 9 in the word חמה (Es. 3:9). And once again in the same word in col. 16 (Es. 5:9). The letter ת (Es. 9:29) is enlarged and bolded. Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 28, especially the last line of this column is inscribed in extra large and bolded letters. The first line of this column is inscribed on the upper margin.
In the text, the letters פ and ף with a small tendril inside appear. Similarly in the words Haman in cols. 16 and 21, the letter ן is decorated with a small tendril.
Large parts of the text were erased and corrected.
The ruling - horizontal and vertical lines - is made with a hardpoint along with the membranes.
The pricking is invisible.
The membranes in the scroll are stitched together.
Benedictions are inscribed in the Hebrew square Italian-Sephardi script, except for the last column that is written in cursive script.
Every benediction and Purim poems start with an enlarged and bolded words (קוראי, ארור, ברוך), written separately from the rest of the texts.
The benedictions contain a ligature of א and ל letters. The Tetragrammaton is replaced by a composition of two letters י with an elongated and bent flag of ל letter and a leg of א letter.
The elongated cartouche in the opening decoration is filled with a Hebrew inscription by the owner:
קניין כמ''ר משה יצ''ו בן
מה...אר כמ''ר יוסף מלומונטי יצ''ו
יא לחודש אדר התכב
The elongated cartouche on the benediction sheet is filled with a Hebrew inscription by the scribe, Josef ben Moses Malomonte (or Melo Monte):
Some details in the opening decoration are painted in gold.
A similar wooden roller accompanies the scroll BCM 90, Braginsky Collection, Zurich.
Scrolls decorated with a similar opening decoration are stored in private and institutional collections, e.g. Braginsky Collection in Zurich, Jewish Museum of Rome.
The benedictions inscribed on separate decorated sheets were typical for Jewish communities of the Apennine Peninsula.
The original owner of the manuscript was Moses ben Josef Malomonte (or Melo Monte).
The manuscript was purchased by the Biblioteca Angelica between 1873 and 1898.
The scroll is presented in the video: https://vimeo.com/330873915 (accessed 22.12.2020).
No other bibliography on the manuscript is available.
A similar scroll is described in:
A Journey through Jewish Worlds: Highlights from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books, eds. Evelyn M. Cohen, Emile Schrijver, Sharon Liberman Mintz, Amsterdam 2009, 238-239.