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Text column no. 3 is flanked by three illustrative panels (no. 5 on the right and nos. 6 and 7 on the left).

Illustration no. 5 is labeled in Hebrew ויודע הדבר למרדכי ("And the thing was known to Mordecai", Es. 2:22). It depicts the moment when Mordecai overhears the plot of the king's chamberlains against him. Mordecai is shown on the right, listening in, while two chamberlains - one with a spear in his hand - are shown in the center and on the left. In the background, there is a staircase and a Lamassu (human-headed winged bull) statue.

Illustration no. 6 is captioned וימלא המן חמה ("Haman full of wrath", Es. 3:5). It shows the bearded Haman standing in the center of the frame, with Mordecai on the right. While other people are bowing to Haman, Mordecai is standing straight and not even looking at him. 

Illustration no. 7 is inscribed בחדש הראשון... הפיל פור ("In the first month... he cast Pur [that is the lot]", Es. 3:7). The scene shows Haman in the center, watching a man cast a trio of dice on the table. Other people in the illustration, including a plump woman (possibly Haman's wife, Zeresh) watch at Haman and the lots. The plump figure of the woman exemplifies a type of sarcastic, ironic humor found in Geismar's drawings.

Name/Title
JMP Otto Geismar Printed Esther Scroll | Unknown
Object Detail
ills. 5-7 and col. 2
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Date
1936
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Material/Technique
Printed text and illustrations on paper
Material Stucture
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The scroll: 210x2420 mm.
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Condition
The scroll is preserved in very good condition; only the first sheet shows slight cavities.
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Documented by CJA
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Custom
Contents

The Book of Esther in Hebrew

Codicology

The scroll is formed of 3 paper sheets containing 12 columns of the text with 42 lines, except for col. 10 which has 11 lines divided into two half-columns.

The vocalized text of the Book of Esther is printed in Ashkenazi stam script with tagim, in black ink. It reproduces text written by an expert scribe (rather than moveable type) and it shows scribal practices of typical Ashkenazi megillot, such as enlarged and diminished letters in the names of Haman's sons and other enlarged letters ח (Es. 1:6) and ת (Es. 9:29).

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Ruling
Pricking
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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
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Denomination
Signature
At the beginning of the scroll there appears a note saying that the illustrations are by Otto Geismar, the printing house is M. Lessmann in Berlin, and the copyright is owned by Herbert Löwenstein.

Below the last column of the text in the scroll, there is a Hebrew colophon by Weisenberg, the scribe from Berlin:
כתב יד סופר ווייסנברג ברלין
Colophon
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Summary and Remarks

A short biography and Geismar's immigration card are available https://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhibitions/bearing-witness/esther-scroll.asp (accessed on 24.10.2020).

Other copies of the megillah are stored in the Jewish Museum in Prague (inv. nos. 095.541 and 084.999), in the MAHJ in Paris (Inv. 2009.17.015 and Inv. 2000.16.169), in the JTS Library in New York (S282 and S474), belongs to the Gross Family Collection (see ID 35191) and other institutional and private collections.

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Other numbers of the scroll: 2001/0357 and Est 8 T.
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography

The images of the scroll are available on http://collections.jewishmuseum.cz/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/221868 (accessed on 24.10.2020).

Short Name
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Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Researcher
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Language Editor
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Negative/Photo. No.
M002592