Text panels nos. 13 and 14 (sheet 7) surrounded by hand-painted decoration.
28. The scene at the Chinese shop - a merchant is involved in weighing goods for a customer; the third person puts something on a shelf or to a drawer.
29. The Purim feast.
30. Purim games and pranks that possibly reflect local (Italian?) customs:
- two people are playing cards;
- other men are involved in a game in which a donkey is led by a man, another man sits on animal's back with his back to front and seems to be throwing something to the third man who is supposed to catch it into the hoop on the stick
- other two men are carrying yet another man on two long poles; the man is wearing glasses.
- a woman.
25. Purim games and pranks that possibly reflecs local (Italian?) customs:
- a person in a long pointed cap is carried in a wheelbarrow;
- two men simulate a fight with wooden swords;
- man is playing with a dog;
- two couples are dancing.
Additioanlly, two musicians and a woman are depicted.
Scene after the last text panel is similar to 28 from the upper margin: The scene at the Chinese shop - a merchant is involved in weighing goods for a customer; the third person puts something on a shelf or to a drawer.
| Codex hebraicus 345
| Codex hebraicus 345
The scroll is formed of 7 sheets containing 28 columns of the text with 17 lines except for col. 23 with 11 lines divided into two parts.
Each membrane contains 2 text panels with 4 columns of the text.
The text is inscribed in the Hebrew square Italian script, in black ink, on the flesh side of parchment membranes that is brighter than the blank side that is more yellow.
The letter ח (Es. 1:6) is highlighted by its form (it is formed of two elements joined with a roof) and size (it is larger than an average letter in the scroll). The letter ת is enlarged and bolded (Es. 9:29). Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 23.
The ruling is slightly visible, in some places only.
The membranes in the scroll are stitched.
A similar megillah stored in the Library of Congress, the African and Middle Eastern Division in Washington (no. 038.00.00) is described: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/an-illuminated-megillah-judaic-treasures (accessed on 24.09.2020).
Hans-Walter Stork, Falk Wiesemann, Codex hebraicus 345, [in:] Irina Wandrey ed., Manuscript Cultures, vol. 6, 249-252.
Images of the scroll are available on https://resolver.sub.uni-hamburg.de/kitodo/PPN895256576 (accessed on 24.09.2020).