Obj. ID: 63
Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts Czartoryski Illustrated Esther Scroll, Italy, 18th century
The scroll's outer edge is round. 48 text illustrations enclosed within cartouches in all top and bottom margins of the text columns, and watercolors of red, yellow, green, bottle green, and magenta. The text illustrations are set within architectural settings including elaborate structures, some with arcaded palaces and towers or even entire cityscapes
At least four scrolls featuring the same type of ornamentation exist; in the Index see ID 37877.
In the narrative scenes, some echoes of the Gaster I type scrolls (for their examples see in the Index) can be discerned.
Col. 8: the word - יום - "day" was added on the left by another hand.
Two holes punched along the inner edge of the scroll were probably designed for holding the roller.
Benedictions sheet: 86 x 114 mm.
text col. space: (33-40) x (70-105) mm;
col. 20: 44 x 65 mm;
text col. height with decoration: 86-91 mm.
The Book of Esther in Hebrew with initial and final benedictions written on a separate sheet
The scroll is formed of 5 sheets containing 23 columns of the text with 14 lines, except for col. 20 with 11 lines divided into two parts.
The text is written in the Hebrew square Italian script, in light brown ink, on the flesh side of parchment sheets.
The number of text columns per sheet: no. 1 - 5, no. 2 - 7, no. 3 - 5, no. 4 - 4, no. 5 - 2.
The ruling is made with a hardpoint: 14 horizontal lines; 2 additional lines in ink: 1 above and 1 below the text; 1+1 vertical lines. 4-5 vertical lines ruled on cols. 19-20.
The membranes in the scroll are stitched.
Pricking not discernible.
Benedictions: Instructions are written in the middle of the benediction sheet, in the round script by a later hand (?).