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Obj. ID: 11822
Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts
  Unknown Collection Esther Scroll with Horseshoe Arches, Morocco, 19th/20th centuries

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The ornamentation of the scroll is strongly influenced by Islamic art. The text of the Book of Esther is inscribed in panels topped with horseshoe arches. The text panels are grouped in pairs and every second panel is separated by a geometric pattern (they do not repeat in the scroll). The upper margins along with the membranes are filled with symmetrical ornaments. The first panel in the scroll is blank. In the second and last panels, initial and final benedictions are written.

To the right edge of the first membrane, a string or a ribbon is stitched.

The scroll is mounted on a wooden roller.

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Name/Title
Unknown Collection Esther Scroll with Horseshoe Arches | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
19th/20th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Morocco
| Essaouira (?)
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Unknown |
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Unknown |
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Ink and paints on parchment + wood
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
The scroll: 133x2640 mm.
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Condition

In the worst condition, the second membrane in the scroll is preserved. Other parchments are in good condition, although some slight damages of margins and decorations can be seen on them.

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 is preceded by the initial benedictions and closed with the final benediction.

Codicology

The scroll is formed of 4 sheets, containing in total 36 (?) columns of text of 18 or 19 lines each, except for the column including the names of Haman's sons which has 11 lines divided into two half-columns. Additionally, there are prefatory and final panels in the scroll.

The lines of the text fit the shape of the panels, therefore they are of different lengths.

The text is written in Hebrew square Oriental script in brown ink on the parchment membranes.

The ruling is made with a hard point but the lines are barely visible. 

The pricking is invisible.

The membranes in the scroll are stitched 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

The color scheme featuring this scroll is typical for many decorated Jewish manuscripts from Morocco.

The decorations were sketched with the same ink as the text of the Book of Esther was written.

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance

Formerly manuscript no. 081.012.022 in the Gross Family Collection.

Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography

No bibliography on the scroll is available.

Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Tova Szeintuch, Dagmara Budzioch | 15/1/2017, 2021
Author of description
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
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