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Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts
  GFC Miniature Illustrated Esther Scroll, Brno, first quarter of the 18th century

© Gross Family Collection (GFC), Photographer: Bar Hama, Ardon, -

This is a miniature scroll that is only 59 mm high. It opens with a flower-filled vase and the Hebrew text of the Book of Esther is inscribed in panels that vary in width. The upper margins along with the scroll are decorated with foliate and floral ornaments and the spaces between the panels are filled with long stalks with flowers that come out of the vases. The only exception is column no. 23 that is flanked by geometric patterns. The lower margins are adorned partly with figurative scenes framed in ovals, some of them chronicle the Book of Esther but many others cannot be directly connected with the Purim story (due to their size, some of them are difficult to recognize). They are separated by vases with flowers that spread to both sides and cover all available space in the margins.

The scroll is stored in a silver engraved case with a figure of a standing man in its upper part. To the right edge of the first membrane, a metal pull bar is stitched.

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Name/Title
GFC Miniature Illustrated Esther Scroll | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
First quarter of the 18th century
Synagogue active dates
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
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Collection
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Material/Technique
Ink and paints on parchment + silver
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
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Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
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Measurements
The scroll: 59x1390 mm.
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Condition

In general, the manuscript (the text, decorations, and parchments) is well preserved.

It seems the opening decoration is not complete and lacks its part on the right-hand side.

The final part of the decoration (on the left side of the last panel) is a later addition to the scroll.

 

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

Codicology

The scroll is formed of 4 sheets, in total containing 27 columns of text with 16 lines each, except for col. 23 which has 11 lines divided into two half-columns.

The number of columns of text per sheet: no. 1 - 6 columns, nos. 2 and 3 - 7 columns, no. 4 - 6 columns.

The text is written in Hebrew square Ashkenazi script with tagin in dark brown-black ink on the flesh side of parchment membranes.

The letter ח (Es. 1:6) is enlarged and decorated with scrolled feet. The letter ת (Es. 9:29) is enlarged.

It seems the ruling was done with a pencil; only vertical lines are visible.

The pricking is invisible.

The membranes of the scroll are glued together.

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
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Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

The place of the manuscript's origin - Brno - is given according to William Gross.

The text panels are of different widths.

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography

No bibliography on the manuscript is available.

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Full Name
Volume
Page
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Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Author of description
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
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