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Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts
  The Book of Esther in a Codex Form, Mannheim, mid-18th century

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Unknown,

The Book of Esther in Hebrew inscribed in a codex form. It begins with the benedictions recited before the reading of the Megillah that are proceeded by a heading written in red ink. The same ink was used in the initial words of all three benedictions (ברוך) that are written in enlarged letters. The only decoration in the manuscript surrounds the opening word of the Megillah (ויהי) that is placed in a central part of it. It is enclosed between two cornucopias facing up and above it, a basket with fruits is placed. Each cornucopia is supported by a rampant lion. The decoration and the text are framed by red lines. 

The manuscript is housed in a wooden case.

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The Book of Esther in a Codex Form | Unknown
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mid-18th century
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Ink and paints on paper + parchment + wood
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The manuscript: 103 × 167 mm
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Contents
Book of Esther in Hebrew with benedictions and a liturgical poem
Codicology

12 paper fols. + 3 blank leaves (2 paper and 1 parchment) at the beginning + 4 leaves (2 paper and 2 parchment) at the end.

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Summary and Remarks

There are some other books that were produced for the members of the May family.

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History/Provenance
The manuscript was made for Miriam May who died in 1763. Formerly in the Gross Family Collection (no. 081.012.031).
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