Under the 6th panel, on the right, a man dressed in blue warns Mordecai (again with shtender) of the consequences of not bowing to Haman (Es. 3:3-4). Below both figures, 5 "gold" coins, worth 2000 each, represent the 10,000 talents paid by Haman to the king (Es. 3:9). On the left, King Ahasuerus with a scepter in his hand is shown; before him stands Haman dressed as a vizier with the king's ring in his hand (Es. 3:10).
In the 7th panel, on the left, the moment when Esther sends clothes for Mordecai is depicted. The queen gives the clothing to Hatach, her servant, who hands it down to Mordecai (Es. 4:4) below.
The scene under the 8th panel shows the moment when the king extends the scepter to Esther and she touches it (Es. 5:2).
The upper margin and the spaces between the panels are decorated with floral ornaments; the same ornaments supplement the narrative scenes too.
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Haman paying money to the king (Es. 3:9)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Ahasuerus handing his ring to Haman (Es. 3:10)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Esther sends clothes for Mordecai (Es. 4:4)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Mordecai receiving clothes from Hatach (Es. 4:4)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Ahasuerus extending his scepter to Esther (Es. 5:2)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Esther touching the scepter (Es. 5:2)
B | Buildings
O | Ornamentation: | Ornament
C | City
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
The scroll is formed of 3 sheets, containing in total 17 "columns" of the text of 16, 18, 20-24, or 26 lines each. "Col." 15 includes 11 lines divided into two half-columns.
The lines of the text fit the shape of the panels, therefore they are of different lengths.
The number of the text columns per membrane: no. 1 - 4, no. 2 - 7, no. 3 - 6.
The text is written in Hebrew square Ashkenazi script with tagin, in brown ink on the flesh side of the parchment membranes.
Additions to the text in the semi-cursive script are written.
The letters ח (Es. 1:6) and ת (Es. 9:29) is enlarged and bolded. Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 15.
The ruling is made with a hardpoint; only horizontal lines are visible.
The membranes in the scroll are stitched together.
The pricking is invisible.
The caption "Statt Susonn" written in Latin letters above the cityscape at the top of the first column of the text appears.
This megillah is one of three scrolls from Germany featuring similar decorative programs, most likely executed by the same unknown artist. However, only this one includes figurative scenes of the Esther story. All three of them, in their opening panels, show cityscapes of Susa (Shushan), the capital of the ancient Persian Empire. All three also bear the caption "Statt Susonn" written in Latin letters - hence the designation for the scroll's anonymous artist. The other scroll is in the collection of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York (S44), and the third one was sold at the New York Sotheby's in 2013 (see "Bibliography").
The scroll was reproduced in a limited edition facsimile by Linda and Michael Falter, Facsimile Editions Limited, London:
https://www.facsimile-editions.com/en/me/ (accessed on 24.09.2020).
The lot description of one of the other scrolls by the same artist: