The fourth sheet contains 4 columns of the text (nos. 13-16) inscribed within the engraved border. Just above the twisted columns, the scenes of the king giving the ring to Mordecai (Es. 8:2), Esther in front of Haman's house (Es. 8:1), and Esther writing the Purim letter (Es. 9:29) are depicted. In the final section of the scroll, four other narrative scenes from the Book of Esther are printed one under the other:
1) possibly the first Purim feast (Es. 9:17-23);
2) Esther’s second banquet (Es. 7:3) with the gallows in the background (Es. 5:14);
3) Queen Esther before the king while he extends his scepter to her, and Mordecai kneeling in front of the king, while he receives the ring and becomes the new royal vizier (Es. 8:2-4);
4) Mordecai writing the Purim letter (Es. 9:29).
Below the scenes, elongated cartouches for inscriptions are placed; at present, the texts are barely visible.
The length of the sheets in the scroll: 1) 678 mm, 2) 590 mm, 3) 590 mm, 4) 695 mm.
L | Landscape
A | Acanthus Leaf
W | Woman | Nude
H | Human Figure | Bust (Human figure)
V | Vase | Vase with flowers
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Ahasuerus gives his ring to Mordecai (Es. 8:2)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Ahasuerus giving Esther the house of Haman (Es. 8:1)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Mordecai writing the Purim letter (Es. 9:29)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Esther writing the Purim letter (Es. 9:29)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Esther's second banquet (Es. 7:1)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Gallows built for Mordecai (Es. 5:14)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | First Purim feast (Es. 9:17-23)
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Haman's house (based on Es. 8:1) | Esther in front of the house of Haman (based on Es. 8:1)
The first membrane is especially poorly preserved; a substantial part of the opening decoration is lost. Other damaged places in the border on subsequent sheets can be found.
The text in the scroll is barely visible.
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
The scroll is formed of 4 sheets containing 16 columns of the text with 25 lines except for col. 14 with 16 lines (11 of them containing Haman's sons section are divided into two parts).
Every membrane contains 4 columns of text.
The text is inscribed in Hebrew square Ashkenazi script, in faded brown ink, on the flesh side of each parchment membrane.
The letters ח (Es. 1:6) and ת (Es. 9:29) are slightly bigger than an average letter in the scroll. Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 14.
In col. 8 the letters of the Tetragrammaton are enlarged and bolded.
The ruling - made with a hardpoint - is almost invisible.
The membranes in the scroll are stitched together.
Around 15 megillot featuring the same border are housed in private and institutional collections. Yet another exemplar used to be a part of the Gross Family Collection (no. 081.012.044) but in 2003, it was stolen from the Beit Hatfutsot Museum in Tel Aviv (Hilfe erbeten: Judaica Diebstahl: http://www.judentum.net; accessed on 14.12.2018). There are also two scrolls embellished with the same border but with texts other than the Book of Esther.
The images of the scroll are available on http://collections.jewishmuseum.cz/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/221244 (accessed on 25.10.2020).
Olga Sixtova, O svitku / Form of the Scroll [katalog k výstavě konané v Galerii Roberta Guttmanna Židovského muzea v Praze od 22. června do 26. července 2006]”, Praha 2006, 36.
The scrolls featuring the same border are described in:
Dagmara Budzioch, Verzierte Ester-Rollen – illustriert von dem Prager Kupferstecher Philipp Jakob Franck [in:] Zwischen Offenbarung und Kontemplation: Die Wolfenbütteler hebräischen Schriftrollen, mit Beiträgen von Dagmara Budzioch und Ad Stijnman (Wolfenbütteler Forschungen), Wiesbaden 2021, pp. 106-117.
A Journey through Jewish Worlds: Highlights from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books, eds. Evelyn M. Cohen, Emile Schrijver, Sharon Mintz, Amsterdam 2009, 266–267.
http://braginskycollection.com/scrolls/prague/ (accessed on 21.09.2020).
A Magnificent Illustrated Esther Scroll [Prague ca. 1700], lot 169: http://www.sothebys.com; accessed on 14.12.2018.
A Magnificent Illustrated Esther Scroll [Prague: ca. 1700], lot 24: http://www.sothebys.com; accessed on 14.12.2018.