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Text column no. 13 (sheet no. 7) is inscribed within a rectangular panel that in their upper and lower parts is adorned with foliate and floral ornaments. The spaces between the panels are decorated with rectangles filled with an ornament and two rosettes above and below it (partly visible in the image).

Name/Title
SUB Esther Scroll with Floral Motifs and Rosettes | Unknown
Object Detail
col. 13
Settings
Unknown
Date
18th century (?)
Synagogue active dates
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
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Congregation
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Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Ink and paints on parchment
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
The scroll: 237 x ca. 5000 mm.
Height
Length
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Weight
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Panel Measurements
Condition
The manuscript is preserved in good condition although some parts of the membranes are crumpled or torn; a small part of sheet no. 10 (?), next to col. 19, is missing. The text and decorations are well preserved.
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents

The Book of Esther in Hebrew with initial and final benedictions and a liturgical poem for Purim

Codicology

The scroll: on the basis of the description by Falk Wiesemann (see "Bibliography") the scroll is formed of 9 sheets containing 25 columns of the text, however, the images show rather 13 sheets (one of them is dedicated solely to the additional text) with 25 columns of the text: 23 columns with the Megillah and 2 columns with additional texts. The text column includes 15 lines, except for col. 19 with 11 lines divided into two parts.

The text is inscribed in the Hebrew square Ashkenazi script with tagim, in black ink, on parchment sheets.

The ornamentation of sheets nos. 1-7 are similar to each other and their workmanship is better than on the last two sheets.

The letter ח (Es. 1:6) is highlighted by its size (it is larger than other letters in the scroll and very wide) and form (it is decorated with scrolling feet). The letter ת (Es. 9:29) is much larger than all other letters in the scroll. Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 19; the letter ו of ויזתא is the largest letter in the scroll. 

The opening word in the scroll is highlighted by its size.

The membranes in the scroll are stitched.

Benedictions: every blessing starts with an enlarged word ברוך that is written separately from the rest of the formulas. The initial word of the benediction recited after the reading is large and colored by hand. Shoshanat Yaakov section is copied in smaller letters than the text in this column.

Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon

None

Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
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Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

The stickers with the name of the collection and the manuscript's number on the right edge of the first membrane are placed. There is also a calculation of the date (?) on it.

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography

Falk Wiesemann, Codex Levy 157, [in:] Irina Wandrey ed., Manuscript Cultures, vol. 6, 253-256.

Ernst Róth, Hans Striedl, Die Handschriften der Sammlung H. B. Levy an der Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg. Verzeichnis der orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland, vol. VI, 3, Wiesbaden 1984, no. 7.

Images of the scroll are available on https://resolver.sub.uni-hamburg.de/kitodo/PPN893114561 (accessed on 24.09.2020).

Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Researcher
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
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Negative/Photo. No.
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