Figurative scenes above and below the 15th column of the text:
The frame above the column of the text includes two scenes. On the right, Jews preparing a festive meal in a kitchen. On the right, Jews pray in a synagogue.
On the left side of the frame, a vase with flowers is depicted.
The frame below the column of the text includes two scenes. On the right, Esther and Mordechai write letters in form of the long scrolls (Es. 9:29). On the right, Jews preparing a festive meal in a kitchen.
On the left side of the frame, a flower is depicted.
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.
P | Purim | Purim celebration
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Mordecai and Esther writing the Purim letter (Es. 9:29)
B | Baking
J | Jester
M | Musician
M | Musical Instruments
P | Purim | Purim costume
L | Landscape
V | Vase | Vase with flowers
O | Ornamentation: | Foliate and floral ornaments | Flower
C | Columns
O | Ornamentation: | Ornament
P | Prayer, in synagogue
S | Synagogue | Synagogue interior
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
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.
Originally some details could be painted in gold.
The paints' shades are not the same on all membranes.