In the upper margin, a bust of the queen and a bust of the king are depicted and in the lower margin, there are two frames:
Frame 8: Five men sit at a table at the moment when Queen Esther is entering the chamber. Most likely, the scene depicts the first banquet given by Esther (Es. 5:5-8) but it is unclear why the queen does not sit at the table and who are the other participants of the feast (the Book of Esther mentions only the king and Haman).
Frame 9: On the right, a table with three scribes seated at it is shown; most likely they write the decree allowing the Jews to defend themselves (Es. 8:8-10). On the left, two messengers of the king are going to deliver the new decree (Es. 8:14).
In the octagons separating the frames are depicted (from right to left): 1) a landscape with a tree and a gate in the foreground, 2) a landscape with a tree and a castle (?) in the background, 3) a landscape with a bridge over the river.
Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | New decree allowing the Jews to defend themselves (Es. 8:8-10)
Ornamentation: | Foliate and floral ornaments | Foliate motif
Ornamentation: | Architectonic motif
Putto (Putti in Plural)
Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Mordecai writing the king's decree (Es. 8:10)
Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Esther's first banquet (Es. 5:5-8)
Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Ahasuerus' messenger(s) (Es. 8:14)
Portrait | Portrait medallion
Basket | Basket with flowers
The lower margin of the second membrane is seriously damaged, therefore some parts of the narrative scenes are missing.
Book of Esther in Hebrew with the benedictions recited before Megillah reading
The scroll opens with three benedictions recited before the Megillah reading. It is formed of 4 membranes including 16 (?) text columns with 32 (?) lines each.
Similar narrative scenes are included in "the scrolls with landscapes" (see their descriptions in the Index); some of them are their mirror image.
It seems that the scroll from the JHM collection contains only three sheets and not four as all other megillot decorated with this border. Most likely the original sheet no. 3 is absent, therefore some episodes (e.g. the triumph of Mordecai) are not represented in the scroll. This must be checked with the original manuscript.
A short description of the scroll and images are available on https://data.jck.nl/page/aggregation/jhm-museum/M000414 (accessed on 17.07.2021).
Dagmara Budzioch, Dekorowane zwoje Estery z Żydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego w Warszawie na tle tradycji dekorowania megilot Ester w XVII i XVIII wieku. Zarys problematyki [The Decorated Esther Scrolls from the Museum of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and the Tradition of Megillot Esther Decoration in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries – An Outline], Warszawa 2019, 1:176-188.