Img. ID: 251731
In the upper margin landscape no. 1 is printed and in the lower margin, there is frame no. 13 in which a table with three scribes seated at it is shown on the left. Most likely they write the decree allowing the Jews to defend themselves (Es. 8:8-10). On the right, two messengers of the king are going to deliver the new decree (Es. 8:14).
P | Putto (Putti in Plural)
G | Garland
L | Landscape
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Mordecai writing the king's decree (Es. 8:10)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | New decree allowing the Jews to defend themselves (Es. 8:8-10)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Ahasuerus' messenger(s) (Es. 8:14)
V | Vase
A | Acanthus Leaf
This image belongs to the ''Ursula and Kurt Schubert Archive'' in the Center for Jewish Art.
Formerly in the collection of the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana in Amsterdam (Ros 537). The current location of the manuscript is unknown.
There are two variants of the scrolls decorated with this pattern that in the Index are marked "I" and "II". In some exemplars, just below the decorative herms, the pedestals with angel's heads and bases were added, therefore, the text panels are higher; this type is marked with "II". Whereas, the rest of the manuscripts containing no pedestals with angel's heads and bases are marked with "I". The latter are more numerous.
The earliest scroll sharing similar engraved pattern is dated to 1701; this is the megillah BCM 25 from the Braginsky Collection in Zurich (see http://braginskycollection.com/esther-scrolls/; accessed on 22.04.2020).