Sheet no. 5 includes three columns of text (nos. 10-12).
Column no. 11 includes a section listing the names of the ten sons of Haman (Es. 9:6-10), printed in 11 lines divided into 2 parts - the most common layout appearing in the megillot.
At the top of the 12th column, there is an illustration that joins two episodes from the Book of Esther. In the foreground, Ahasuerus (on the left) extends his scepter to Esther who is kneeling in front of him; the scene cannot be interpreted unambiguously but it may be related to Es. 8:4 or Es. 9:13. In the background, a gallows with a body suspending from it can be seen; this is the execution of Haman witnessed by a group of people.
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Esther asks the king for an additional day of fighting (Es. 9:13)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Esther asks the king to hang Haman's sons (Es. 9:13)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Haman hanged (Es. 7:10)
The scroll is preserved in very good condition.
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
The scroll is formed of 6 paper sheets containing 16 columns of the text. Some columns contain narrative illustrations, so the number of lines of text in each column varies.
Every sheet in the scroll contains three columns of text and/or illustrations.
The text is printed but it features the practices commonly employed in both decorated and undecorated handwritten megillot, such as the names of Haman's sons (Es. 9:6-10) copied in 11 lines divided into two parts, highlighted letters forming the Tetragrammaton, and enlarged letters ח (Es. 1:6) and ת (Es. 9:29).
The opening word of the book is printed in enlarged and bolded letters.
The sheets in the scroll are glued together.
Hand-decorated and printed paper scrolls are very rare.
Only one exemplar featuring the same illustrations has been located so far (see "Related objects").
As was noticed by William Gross, the owner of the scroll, illustrations incorporated in this scroll resemble "illustrations made at this time for haggadot, the birkat ha-mazon, minhagim books and tzeena ureena story books".
Another exemplar of the scroll sharing the same illustrations is mentioned in:
Olga Sixtova, O svitku / Form of the Scroll [katalog k výstavě konané v Galerii Roberta Guttmanna Židovského muzea v Praze od 22. června do 26. července 2006], Praha 2006, 42.