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Sheet no. 1

The decorative scheme surrounding columns of text nos. 1-4 contains arcades that support a balustrade located in the upper margin with pairs of birds flanking the cartouches above each arch (this part of decorations is poorly preserved). Flower-filled vases atop each column separate these decorative illuminations. The lower margin is filled with figurative scenes that chronicle the narrative of the Book of Esther (the first three illustrations are barely visible and difficult to recognize):

Illustration 1 depicts Queen Vashti's feast (Es. 1:9). Vashti sits under a high canopy at a large round table. Three (?) women accompany her at the table. On the left, a man and a woman are approaching the table.

Illustration 2 depicts a group of women brought into the king's court (Es. 2:1-4), lead by a man who is most likely Hegai (Es. 2:8); possibly the first of them is Esther. On the right, a building can be seen.

Illustration 3 depicts the coronation of Esther (Es. 2:17). The scene is witnessed by four men, two on either side.

Illustration 4 on the right there, are two men (Bigthan and Teresh) standing by a gate and a man (Mordecai) before them. Apparently, it shows Mordecai overhearing the plot of the king's chamberlains (Es. 2:21).

Name/Title
Istituto Campana Gaster II-Related Esther Scroll | Unknown
Object Detail
sheet 1 (cols. 1-4)
Settings
Unknown
Date
18th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
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Congregation
Unknown
Location
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Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Ink and paints on parchment
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
The scroll: 250-260 x ca. 1585 mm.
Length of the sheets in the scroll: 1) 250x510 mm, 2) 260x480 mm, 3) 260x595 mm.
Dimensions of sheets nos. 2 and 3 that are sewn together: 260x1075 mm.
Height
Length
Width
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Circumference
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Condition

The scroll is incomplete; it lacks the text from Es. 1:1-Es. 1:12 and from 8:12 until the end of the book.

The first sheet is separated from the remaining two sheets of the scroll.

The first membrane, particularly its upper margin, is preserved in very poor condition. Also, the illustrations painted on it are seriously damaged.

The edges of the second membrane are frayed.

Some parts of the text are erased.

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 preserved part of the scroll is formed of 3 sheets containing a total of 13 columns of text with 22 lines each.

The number of columns per sheet: no. 1 - 4 columns, no. 2 - 4 columns, no. 3 - 5 columns.

The text is written in Hebrew square Italian script in black ink by two different hands.

The text and decorations are on the flesh side of the parchments.

There are numerous elongated letters in the text.

The membranes in the scroll are stitched together, but the first sheet is separated from the two remaining sheets that are sewn 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
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

Above text columns nos. 1-7, מגלת אסתר - "Megilat Esther" is inscribed.

Some details in the scroll are painted gold.

The illustrations in the scroll are not an exact copy of these illustrating the scrolls representing Gaster II type.

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography

No bibliography on the scroll is available.

Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
Researcher
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
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Negative/Photo. No.
M003120