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Obj. ID: 23769
Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts
  JHM Illustrated Esther Scroll with Columns and Birds, The Netherlands, 18th century

© Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museum), Photographer: N/A, -

The Hebrew text of the Book of Esther is written within panels surrounded by pen-and-ink lavish ornamentation. The text panels are separated by columns topped with compositions of acanthus leaves. In the mid of their heights are placed medallions with the narrative scenes from the Esther story, while their bases are decorated with different depictions of birds (the latter are on the lower margins). The upper margins are decorated with symmetrical acanthus motifs and the lower margins are filled with cartouches surrounded by acanthus leaves separated by the already mentioned columns' bases with birds. The same scheme repeats on all membranes in the scroll, only the figurative scenes are different. 

The scroll is stored in an ivory carved case and an ivory pull bar is attached to the right edge of the first membrane.

Summary and Remarks

The text panels vary in width.

6 image(s)

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Name/Title
JHM Illustrated Esther Scroll with Columns and Birds | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
18th century
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
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Documentation / Research project
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Material/Technique
Ink on parchment + ivory
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
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Measurements
The scroll: 105x1520 mm.

The case: 180 mm (height), 40 mm (diameter).
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Languages of inscription
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Type of grave
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Ornamentation
Custom
Contents

The Book of Esther in Hebrew

Codicology

The scroll contains a total of 7 columns of text with 30 lines each, except for col. 6 which has 11 lines divided into two half-columns.

The text is written in Hebrew square script with tagin in brown ink on parchment membranes.

The letters ח (Es. 1:6) and ת (Es. 9:29) are enlarged and bolded. Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 6.

The ruling and pricking are invisible.

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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
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Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon

None

Scribal Notes
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Trade Mark
Binding
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Suggested Reconsdivuction
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Bibliography

A short description and images are available on https://data.jck.nl/page/aggregation/jhm-museum/M000434 (accessed on 10.07.2021).

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Condition

The scroll is well preserved, only some slight damages on the final part of the scroll can be seen.

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
Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
Author of description
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
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Negative/Photo. No.