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The decorative program of this lavishly decorated megillah is based on an architectonic frame with a balustrade on which a variety of ornamental motifs is placed: allegorical figures, putti flanking cartouches with Hebrew inscriptions and supporting a crown, flower-filled vases, garlands, and cartouches decorated with a mask. Above each text panel there are allegories depicted as seated women holding different attributes alternately with pairs of putti. In the text panels below the allegories, empty cartouches decorated with a mask are incorporated. The Hebrew text of the Book of Esther is written within arcades flanked by twisted columns. Above them, flower-filled vases are placed; they separate allegories and pairs of putti in the upper margins. The lower margins are adorned with miniatures chronicling the Purim story framed in cartouches interspaced by columns' bases.  

The scroll is accompanied by a separate benediction sheet decorated with the same ornaments as the megillah itself. Both are housed in a modern case.

Name/Title
MTAK Allegories Esther Scroll | Unknown
Object Detail
Settings
Unknown
Date
mid-18th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
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Congregation
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Location
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Site
Unknown
School/Style
Ripa scrolls|

The family of profusely hand-decorated scrolls that differ in detail, but they all include allegorical representations. In most cases, they are seated women with attributes that are strongly modeled on the iconographical imageries included in “Iconology” by Cesare Ripa (1555–1622). His work printed for the first time in Rome in 1593 was one the favorite manuals for the European artists in the 17th and 18th centuries. 

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Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
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Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
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Condition
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
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Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
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Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
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Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
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
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Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
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Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
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Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Researcher
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
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Negative/Photo. No.
M003604