The scroll opens and closes with the hand-drawn Foa family executed in a pen and black ink. The text columns are surrounded by acanthus leaves and floral motifs. The lower margins are filled with 26 cartouches containing figurative scenes from the narrative of the Book of Esther; some of the episodes are pictured twice or three times in the scroll. It seems that the illustrations were executed by two artists and some of them seem to be based on the episodes depicted in the scrolls representing the type Gaster I (see in the Index for their examples). The cartouches are interspersed by the interlaced pattern similar to the ornamentation of Gaster I scrolls. In most cases, the episodes are with no direct relation to the sections inscribed above them, therefore, it is difficult to interpret some of them unambiguously. The decoration of the scroll can be a later addition. The illustrations represent two styles of drawing.
Coat of arms
Ornamentation: | Endless knot
Kaiser Octaviano Story in Yiddish | A pagan soldier takes Emperor Octavianus and Florens hostage
Ornamentation: | Architectonic motif
Ornamentation: | Cartouche
Family emblem | Foa family emblem (two lions leaning on the palm tree with Magen David) (See also under Printer's mark)
The scroll is formed of 7 membranes with 26 text columns, with 17 lines each.
Membranes are stitched
Online collection of the ritual objects from the E. Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute is available here: http://cbj.jhi.pl/collections/964689