Img. ID: 5256
Sheet no. 2
The fifth roundel is decorated with various animals (including two eight-leg horses), two griffins, and roses.
Sheet no. 3
The sixth roundel is decorated with parrots and various flowers (mainly roses).
Between the roundels, in the place where two membranes are glued, two scenes are painted. Esther reclines in a canopied bed and Haman is begging her for mercy (Es. 7:8). The second scene is unidentified - it shows the king with another man at the table.
| MS 182/081
H | Horse
D | Deer
U | Unicorn
L | Leopard
P | Parrot
O | Ornamentation: | Foliate and floral ornaments | Flower
O | Ornamentation: | Foliate and floral ornaments | Flower | Rose
E | Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Haman begging for his life (Es. 7:8)
S | Scene, unidentified
O | Ornamentation: | Main text framed
The scroll is preserved in good condition, although its final part is damaged - the membrane is crumpled and the decorations are slightly visible.
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
The scroll is formed of 4 sheets, in total containing 12 columns of text with 23-26 lines of different lengths, except for col. 10 which has 11 lines divided into two half-columns.
The number of columns of text per sheet: no. 1 - 2, nos. 2 and 3 - 3, no. 4 - 4.
The text is written in Hebrew square Ashkenazi script in dark brown-black ink on parchment membranes.
The letters ח (Es. 1:6) and ת (Es. 9:29) and the letters of the name of God are enlarged and bolded. Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 10.
There are some corrections and erasures in the text.
The ruling is invisible.
The pricking on the membranes' edges can be seen.
The membranes of the scroll are glued together.
It seems that this scroll and two other scrolls featuring the same style (see "Related objects) were executed by the same artist, although two of them are decorated with roundels while the third one is decorated with octagons.
The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, New York 2004, 182-183.