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Figurative scenes above and below the 5th column of the text (sheet no. 1).

The frame above the column of the text includes two scenes. On the right, Mordecai standing close to the gate of the palace overhears the plot of Bightan and Teresh against the king (Es. 2:21-22); the chamberlains are standing on a hill, under a tree. On the left, Bightan and Teresh are already hanged (Es. 2:23).

On the left side of the oval, Isaac blessing Jacob is shown, while Rebekkah holding a lamb is seen above them, on the oval's frame (Genesis 27:10-29).

The oval below the column of the text includes two scenes. On the right, small figures bow down before Haman, who sits on a chair, while Mordecai is standing in the king's gate and not bowing before the vizier (Es. 3:2). On the left, there is a scene difficult to interpret. On the high chair on the left sits a man (Haman?) accompanied by three other men with open books. They may be either astrologers casting the lots for Haman (Es. 3:7) or the scribes ready to write Haman's decree (Es. 3:12).

On the left side of the oval, the scene with Joseph and Potiphar's wife appears. The figure of the woman is inscribed אשת פוטיפר; she reclines in a bed, while Joseph, named יוסף, runs out partly clothed (Genesis 39:11-19).

Name/Title
MOIJA Esther Scroll with Biblical Scenes | Unknown
Object Detail
col. 5
Settings
Unknown
Date
18th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Italy | Veneto | Padua
| (?)
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Unknown
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Period
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Material/Technique
Ink and paints on parchment
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
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Construction material
Measurements
The scroll: 255x1955 mm.
The length of the sheets in the scroll: 1) ca. 775 mm, 2) 735 mm, 3) 445 mm.
Dimensions of the selected details in the scroll:
- text column: ca. 142x90 mm;
- decorative columns between the columns of the text: ca. 160x15-20 mm;
- illustration: 35 x ca. 85 mm;
- an average letter: 3 mm;
- spaces between the lines of the text: 3 mm.
There is some blank space at the beginning (ca. 110 mm) and the end (ca. 75 mm) of the scroll.
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Condition
The manuscript is preserved in good condition, although the state of preservation of the particular membranes is not the same. The second sheet is in worse condition than the first one; the text in cols. 7 and 12 inscribed on it is less legible. There are large parts of the text erased and corrected and due to this, the scroll gives the impression of being more damaged. The first sheet is torn in one place and the last one is crumpled. The shade of ink is not the same on all membranes; possibly, in some places, the second layer of ink was applied.
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
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 scroll is formed of 3 sheets containing 15 columns of the text with 26 or 27 lines, except for col. 13 with 11 lines divided into two parts.

Sheets nos. 1 and 2 contain 6 columns of the text, and the third sheet contains 3 columns.

The text is inscribed in the Hebrew square Italian script with tagim, in dark brown ink, on the flesh side of parchment sheets that are bright, of medium thickness, and rather stiff. The blank side of the sheets is very dark.

Tagin seem to be marked in darker ink than the text was written.

The letter ח (Es. 1:6) is marked by its form - it is composed of two parts joined with a roof. The letter ת (Es. 9:29) is enlarged. Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 13.

The ruling was possibly drawn with a pencil along with the whole sheet.

The membranes in the scroll are stitched.

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
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon

None

Scribal Notes
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Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

Originally some details could be painted in gold.

The paints' shades are not the same on all membranes.

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
The information about Padua as the possible origin of the manuscript is based on the declaration of the former owners of the manuscript.
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Researcher
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
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M002415