The opening decoration is composed of a gate that frames the cartouche with the Foa family emblem. The oval field of the cartouche is filled with two rampant lions flanking a palm tree with a star of David on its branches. The gable of the gate is supported on two twisted columns and decorated with an empty elongated cartouche.
Col. 1. The cartouche encloses a scene of the Ahasuerus' feast (Es. 1:3-8). On the left, the bearded king sits on the throne at a long, laid table. He is accompanied by six men who sit on either side of the table. On the right, a servant with the dishes goes out of the room.
Columns | Twisted columns
Family emblem | Foa family emblem (two lions leaning on the palm tree with Magen David) (See also under Printer's mark)
Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Ahasuerus' banquet (Es. 1:3-8)
Ornamentation: | Endless knot
Ornamentation: | Cartouche
The scroll is formed of 7 membranes with 26 text columns, with 17 lines each.
Membranes are stitched
Online collection of the ritual objects from the E. Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute is available here: http://cbj.jhi.pl/collections/964689