Until 2008 the scroll was kept in a wooden cylinder (length: 80.3cm; with handles: 99.7cm; diameter: 5.2cm), with wooden covers on either end. The cylinder is carved with a crenellated motif round the top, middle and bottom, and is similar to the wooden cylinder which held the scroll Cod.hebr. 450.
On the cylinder is an oval sticker inscribed in Latin: Tabula linguae/ hebraicae/ f.
Next to it is a small label marked: U 547. On the top cover is a sticker with the letter: f in black ink and another on the side: Cod.Hebr. 451.
From 2009, the scroll and its wooden cover have been kept in a drum–like cardboard box.
10.11.2009: According to Mrs. Christl Beinhofer from the Institut für Buchrestaurierung inMunichwho checked the wooden cylinders for this scroll and for BSB Cod.hebr. 450, the wood came from West Africa (SierraLeon,LiberiaorCameroon).It is balsa wood, type Kondroti (Rodoghnaphalon brevicusspe, Bombaceae). It is light, does not affect other materials and is immune to vermin.
The text is written in three columns within rectangles and coloured circles. The central column includes 10 roundels arranged in a hexagon similar to the kabbalistic Ilan Sephiroth, with four additional smaller roundels in the spandrels. This central layout is surrounded by a wide strip of text and flanked by two columns of five roundels. Five smaller roundels are arranged horizontally at the end of the scroll. All roundels are inscribed and are surrounded by small floral motifs. The colours are brown ink, red, yellow ochre and some greyish-blue washes.
See BSB Cod.hebr. 450 (CJA Documentation).