Obj. ID: 36309
Jewish printed books JMP Printed Copy of Aryeh Leib ben Daniel of Goraj Esther Scroll, Central Europe, first quarter of the 20th century
A miniature copy of one of the decorated scrolls executed by Aryeh Leib ben Daniel of Goray (Pol. Goraj), Poland (אריה ליב בן דניאל מגורייא) or the scrolls attributed to him. It is printed in black ink on a single sheet of paper. The upper margins are lavishly decorated with medallions containing the busts of the king's advisers mentioned in Es. 1:10, chamberlains, and guardians of the harem. They are identified by their names written in a semi-cursive Hebrew script that is barely legible. The medallions are flanked by flying birds and they are separated by vases. The text is inscribed in rectangular panels, between which are illustrations of full-length figures representing the major characters of the Esther story, along with the princes of Media and Persia listed in Es. 1:14; they are identified by their names, which are inscribed with the same type of Hebrew script as above. The lower margins are adorned with roundels containing narrative scenes reflecting the Purim story and are labeled in semi-cursive Hebrew script. These roundels are flanked by lions on either side. Throughout the entire manuscript, the space between the larger ornamental elements is filled with a repetitive composition of leafy tendrils, flowers, and fruits (potentially grapes) that are shown against a background of imitation cross-hatching.
The scroll is mounted on a wooden handle and a wooden pull bar is added to the right edge of the sheet.
Another number of the scroll: 2001/0567.
| Inv. No. JMP 178.400
The scroll is preserved in very good condition.
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
The scroll is formed of a single sheet containing 13 text columns with 32 lines each, except for col. 11 which has 11 lines divided into two half-columns.
The text in the scroll is printed, but its prototype was copied in the Hebrew Ashkenazi script with tagin.
The letters ח (Es. 1:6) and ת (Es. 9:29) are highlighted by their size. Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 11.
To almost all ל letters appearing in the words המלך occurring at the head of the text columns, a decorative stroke is added.
The text is printed, therefore the scroll lacks ruling and pricking.
The images of the scroll are available on https://collections.jewishmuseum.cz/index.php/Detail/Object/Show/object_id/221895# (accessed on 06.12.2020).
No bibliography on the scroll is available.