The frame contains a depiction of Jerusalem shown as a walled city towards which the Messiah on a horseback is approaching. Before him, a herald blowing a trumpet is coming and on the hills surrounding the city, Jews going towards Jerusalem are visible. The representation echoes a woodcut from the Passover Haggadah printed in Venice in 1609 and at the same time, it alludes to the Midrashic statement that in the messianic times, all feast will be abolished except for that of Purim (Yalkut Shimoni Mishlei 9:2 (944)). The text panel above the frame is blank. It is likely that this panel was planned for the benedictions and/or liturgical poems.
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 half-columns.
The text is inscribed in black ink, in Hebrew square Italian script on parchment membranes.
The membranes in the scroll are stitched together.
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).