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Text panel no. 8 is surrounded by 6 depictions; three of them on the right are common with the seventh text panel.

1. A city, perhaps Shushan. The Star of David atop one building, suggesting a synagogue, is likely a later addition to the manuscript.

2. A couple in fashionable costume.

3. Two camels.

4. This scene depicts a midrashic addition to the story found not in the Book of Esther, but in BT Megillah 16a. According to this tale, after Esther disclosed Haman's wicked intentions during her second banquet (Es. 7:1), the furious king left the chamber for the palace gardens, where he saw the trees of his garden being chopped down. This only intensified his anger towards the vizier. Depending on the version of the story, the trees were chopped down either by sons of Haman or by angels disguised as Haman's sons; in all artistic representations, the figures are always depicted as wingless.

5. Depiction of a man holding a tray full of fruits, alluding to the verses about sending portions to friends and poor (Es. 9:19, 9:22).

6. A Jewish man in a long coat, most likely Mordecai as a viceroy (Es. 10:3).

Name/Title
GFC Esther Scroll with Octagonal Text Panels | Unknown
Object Detail
text panel 8
Date
first quarter of the 18th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
France | Alsace
| (?)
Historical Origin
Unknown
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Congregation
Unknown
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Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
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Collection
Material/Technique
Ink and paints on parchment
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
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Material Inscription
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Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
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Measurements
The scroll: 370x2370 mm.
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Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
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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

Codicology

The membranes of the scroll are glued together.

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
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Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
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Group
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Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

Figures in the biblical narrative are depicted as belonging to the higher social class of the artist’s day. These possibly represent court Jews, who could also be patrons and users of these manuscripts.

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Researcher
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Architectural Drawings
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Language Editor
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Negative/Photo. No.
M002249