Sheet no. 2
Columns of text nos. 10-13 are surrounded by hand-painted floral decorations. The scenes (nos. 10-13) in the lower margins illustrate:
10. Esther before the king who extends the scepter to her (possibly Es. 5:2).
11. A man is seated on a chair and another man is standing in front of him - possibly Haman before the king while talking about a reward for the one who the king wishes to reward (Es. 6:5-10).
12. A couple.
13. A city.
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Ahasuerus asks Haman how to honour a man he wishes to reward (Es. 6:5-10)
C | Couple
C | City
O | Ornamentation: | Foliate and floral ornaments
V | Vase | Vase with flowers
S | Scene, unidentified
O | Ornamentation: | Main text framed
In general, the manuscript (the text, decorations, and parchments) is well preserved.
It seems the opening decoration is not complete and lacks its part on the right-hand side.
The final part of the decoration (on the left side of the last panel) is a later addition to the scroll.
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
The scroll is formed of 4 sheets, in total containing 27 columns of text with 16 lines each, except for col. 23 which has 11 lines divided into two half-columns.
The number of columns of text per sheet: no. 1 - 6 columns, nos. 2 and 3 - 7 columns, no. 4 - 6 columns.
The text is written in Hebrew square Ashkenazi script with tagin in dark brown-black ink on the flesh side of parchment membranes.
The letter ח (Es. 1:6) is enlarged and decorated with scrolled feet. The letter ת (Es. 9:29) is enlarged.
It seems the ruling was done with a pencil; only vertical lines are visible.
The pricking is invisible.
The membranes of the scroll are glued together.
The place of the manuscript's origin - Brno - is given according to William Gross.
The text panels are of different widths.
No bibliography on the manuscript is available.