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Obj. ID: 11823
Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts
  Esther scroll, Morocco, 18th-19th centuries

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Unknown,

The text panels are surrounded by different geometric ornamentation except for the opening text panels that were lost and replaced by an undecorated membrane. 

Summary and Remarks

According to the owner of the manuscript, the decorations in the scroll are directly parallel to those found on the wooden portable mosques from the southern areas of Morocco and place the origin of this scroll to that area. It is the only recorded decorated Esther scroll from that place.

The geometric decoration, both and in style and color, harks back to Andalusian motifs. 

Remarks

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Name/Title
Esther scroll | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
ca. 1780 (according to the manuscript's owner)
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown
Origin
Morocco
| Atlas Mountains
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Congregation
Unknown
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Iconographical Subject
Unknown |
Textual Content
Unknown |
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Shape / Form
Unknown
Material / Technique
Ink and paints on parchment
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
160 mm
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Condition
good
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
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Book of Esther in Hebrew
Codicology
Scribes
Script
square
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

The scroll is housed is a simple carved wooden case.

Decoration Program
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
it seems to be that the first two columns (which are not illuminated) were added later
Main Surveys & Excavations
Sources
The database of the Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts of the National Library of Israel
Type
Documenter
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Author of description
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Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconstruction
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Section Head
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Language Editor
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Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.
The following information on this monument will be completed:
Unknown |