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Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts
  Hechal Shlomo Esther Scroll with Vases, Italy (?), 18th century

© Dagmara Budzioch, Photographer: Budzioch, Dagmara, 07.05.2015

The scroll lacks its beginning. The text of the Megillah is inscribed in text panels surrounded by floral and geometric decoration repeating along all the membranes. In the upper margins, above every text panel, there are three semicircles with three stylized flowers each. The spaces between text panels are filled with a decoration composed of a vase with stylized plants that end in the upper margins. Lower margins are adorned with a geometric pattern formed of colorful wavy elements.

The scroll is mounted on a wooden rod.

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Name/Title
Hechal Shlomo Esther Scroll with Vases | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
18th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Italy
| (?)
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Unknown |
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Documentation / Research project
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
The scroll: 110x2505 mm.
The length of the sheets in the scroll: 1) 355 mm, 2) 590 mm, 3) 690 mm, 4) and 5) together 870 mm.
Dimensions of the selected details in the scroll:
- text panel: ca. 65x90 mm, except for the last one that is 42 mm wide;
- decorations between text panels: 25 mm (width);
- upper and lower margins: ca. 20 mm (height);
An average letter is 4 mm high.
The rod: 300 mm (height).
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Condition
The manuscript lacks a part of the first chapter of the Book of Esther. The first sheet is dark, dirty, and stained. In general, sheets are rather dirty but it seems that originally parchment was bright. In many places, the sheets are folded between the text panels or inside them. A substantial part of the decoration is damaged and barely visible.
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 that starts from Es. 1:10

Codicology

The scroll is formed of 4 sheets containing 22 columns of the text with 16 lines except for col. 18 with 11 lines divided into two parts.

The text is written in the Hebrew square Sephardi-Italian script with tagim (except for col. 1) in black ink, on the flesh side of parchment membranes that are very stiff and thick. Their hair side is more yellow and smooth than the side with the text and decorations; the other side is brighter and matt.

The letter ת (Es. 9:29) is highlighted by its size. Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 18.

In cols. 3, 14, and 15, flags of the letters ל in the opening words (המלך) end with a flower. Similarly, the lower stroke of the letter ע in the last word of the Megillah is decorated with a flower.

The last column of the text is narrower than all other columns in the scroll.

The ruling is better visible on the hair side of the sheets than on their flesh side.

The membranes are stitched.

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
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Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks
Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Author of description
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
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Negative/Photo. No.