On the right, Ahasuerus sits on the throne with a canopy and extends his scepter to the crowned Esther who is about to kneel before him. Two men stand next to the throne and the queen is attended by two maid-servants (Es. 5:2). On the left, the first banquet given by Esther is depicted. The queen, the king, and Haman sit at a table set on a pedestal with a colonnade (Es. 5:5-8).
Vase | Vase with flowers
Cock (Hen, Rooster)
Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Ahasuerus extending his scepter to Esther (Es. 5:2)
Ornamentation: | Cartouche
Esther, Book of (following the order of the story) | Esther's first banquet (Es. 5:5-8)
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
The scroll is formed of 5 membranes containing 17 (?) text columns with 19 (?) lines per column except for col. 16 inscribed in 11 lines divided into two parts.
The text is inscribed in black ink, in a square Italian Hebrew script on parchment membranes.
Membranes in the scroll are stitched.
This image belongs to the ''Ursula and Kurt Schubert Archive'' in the Center for Jewish Art.
The scrolls decorated with this pattern are discussed in:
Mendel Metzger, The Earliest Engraved Italian Megilloth, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 1966, 48/2, 381–432, esp. 416-432 (here the scrolls are called "post-Griselini").
Dagmara Budzioch, The Decorated Esther Scrolls from the Museum of the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and the Tradition of Megillot Esther Decoration in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries – An Outline [Polish: Dekorowane zwoje Estery z Żydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego w Warszawie na tle tradycji dekorowania megilot Ester w XVII i XVIII wieku. Zarys problematyki], Warsaw 2019, 1:135-138.
Victor Klagsbald, Catalogue raisonné de la collection juive du Musée de Cluny, Paris 1981, p. 74-75, object 74.
A short description in French and several photographs are available on https://www.mahj.org/en/decouvrir-collections-betsalel/rouleau-d-esther-50121 (accessed on 24.05.2020).