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The third sheet in the scroll includes three columns of text (cols. 6-8).

In col. 8 an illustration is incorporated; however, it is difficult to find a direct connection between its meaning and the Book of Esther. It shows two bearded men in the center; on the left, there is a man with a sword or a tool, while another figure is depicted with a ladder. On the right, yet another man leads a horse and passes by a house with a smoking chimney. In the background, another building with figures on the roof is depicted. A horse led by a man is the only detail that can be related to the narrative of the Book of Esther because it could be a horse that was led to Mordecai by Haman (Es. 6:11). All other details in the scene seem to allude rather to the Passover Haggadah and particularly to its section saying about Israelites building the cities of Pithom and Raamses.

Name/Title
JMP Paper Esther Scroll Illustrated with Woodcuts | Unknown
Object Detail
cols. 6-8
Date
ca. 1775
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
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Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
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Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Material/Technique
Text and illustrations printed on paper
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
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Construction material
Measurements
The scroll: 120x2060 mm.
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Condition

The scroll is preserved in very good condition.

Slight damage is visible at the beginning and end of the scroll.

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 6 paper sheets containing 16 columns of the text. Some columns contain narrative illustrations, so the number of lines of text in each column varies.

Every sheet in the scroll contains three columns of text and/or illustrations.

The text is printed but it features the practices commonly employed in both decorated and undecorated handwritten megillot, such as the names of Haman's sons (Es. 9:6-10) copied in 11 lines divided into two parts, highlighted letters forming the Tetragrammaton, and enlarged letters ח (Es. 1:6) and ת (Es. 9:29).

The opening word of the book is printed in enlarged and bolded letters.

The sheets in the scroll are glued together.

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
Watermark
Hallmark
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Group
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Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

Hand-decorated and printed paper scrolls are very rare.

Only one exemplar featuring the same illustrations has been located so far (see "Related objects").

As  was noticed by William Gross, the owner of this scroll's other printing in the Index, illustrations incorporated in this scroll resemble "illustrations made at this time for haggadot, the birkat ha-mazonminhagim books and tzeena ureena story books".

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography

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, 42.

http://collections.jewishmuseum.cz/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/221263 (accessed on 7.11.2020).

Short Name
Full Name
Volume
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Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Researcher
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
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Negative/Photo. No.
M002599