The image shows two text columns nos. 5 and 6 placed on the subsequent membranes that vary in the size, the number of the lines of the text (no. 5 - 30, no. 6 - 25 lines), and the density of the script.
| or Ottoman Empire (?)
| inv. 2013.12.001
| inv. 2013.12.001
The opening decoration is around 140 mm wide.
The scroll consists of 4 membranes containing 13 text columns with a various number of lines, i.e. 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, or 30. Additionally, col. 13 (with the names of Haman's sons) is inscribed in 11 lines that is the most popular layout of this section employed in the megillot.
This causes that the density of the handwriting is very different in the subsequent text panels and the size of the letters is varied, e.g. some of them are 3-4 mm high and in the col. 10 they are 8-9 mm. The letter ח in Es. 1:6 is slightly bigger than the letters in the first column; the letter ת in Es. 9:29 (col. 13) is enlarged too. Other traditionally bigger or smaller letters are included in the names of Haman's sons (col. 10).
The text is inscribed in black ink, in a Hebrew square script with oriental or Eastern influences, decorated with tagim but they lack dots at the end of the strokes.
The ruling is invisible and having in mind, the differentiated number of the lines in the text columns, it is unlikely that it has been prepared.
Flags of letters ל present in the first line of the subsequent text columns are higher than in the following lines.
The parchment of the scroll is relatively thick. The blank side - that is the hair side - is more yellow and shiny than the side with text and decorations.
The scroll can be theoretically called a ha-melech scroll because this word appears at the head of some text columns but not at their majority. Nevertheless, it seems that the scribe intended to copy the text in a ha-melech layout but he was not able to follow this arrangement consistently throughout the scroll (e.g. col. 4).
Such irregularity in the layout of the text columns (the text columns contain i.e. 21, 24, 25, 27, 28, or 30 lines) is rare in the scrolls. In most cases, all text columns (except for the column with the names of Haman's sons) include the same number of lines.
Rouleau d'Esther, Indéterminé, 18e siècle, 4e quart / 19e siècle, 1er quart available on https://www.mahj.org/en/decouvrir-collections-betsalel/rouleau-d-esther-73788 (accessed on 16.04.2020)