The text of the Book of Esther is written in text panels surrounded by repeating floral ornaments painted by hand with multicolor tempera. The manuscript is incomplete and starts from Es. 2:16.
The scroll is mounted on a wooden roller.
The length of the membranes in the scroll: 1) ca. 300 mm, 2) 230 mm, 3) 645 mm, 4) ca. 630 mm, 5) 330 mm.
Dimensions of the selected details in the scroll:
- upper and lower margins and spaces between the panels: ca. 10 mm (height);
- a text panel (inside): 83x100 mm;
- an average letter: 3 mm (height);
- spaces between the lines: 2 mm.
The roller: ca. 260 mm (height).
The manuscript is incomplete.
The first membrane is seriously damaged - it is torn in several places and two small fragments are missing. Some damages on the last membrane can be seen too.
The first and the second sheets are loosely stitched.
In some places, ink and paints flaked off.
The Book of Esther in Hebrew
The scroll is formed of 5 sheets containing 19 columns of the text with 16 lines each, except for col. 15 which includes 11 lines divided into two half-columns.
The number of columns per sheet: no. 1 - 3, no. 2 - 2, nos. 3 and 4 - 6, no. 5 - 2.
The text is written in Hebrew square Oriental script in black ink on the flesh side of parchment sheets that are very stiff and seem to be dry and brittle. They are rather bright but the membranes feature different shades. The side of the text and decorations is brighter than the blank one which is rather brown.
In the first column only, tagin are added to the letters.
The letter ת (Es. 9:29) is enlarged. Enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 15.
There are some erasures and corrections in the text.
The ruling - horizontal and vertical lines - is made with a stylus and is well visible on the blank side of the membranes.
The pricking is invisible.
The sheets in the scroll are stitched together.
The final part of the manuscript (ca. 100 mm wide) is blank.
Isaiah Shachar, Jewish Tradition in Art. The Feuchwanger Collection of Judaica, Jerusalem 1981, object 414, p. 156.