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Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts
  JMNY Hand-Painted Esther Scroll Based on the Scrolls with Landscapes, Germany (?), 18th century

© Dagmara Budzioch, Photographer: Budzioch, Dagmara, 11.2015

The opening decoration of the scroll consists of six panels with the narrative scenes from the Book of Esther and in the center, an empty oval medallion is placed. The Hebrew text of the book is surrounded by hand-painted decorations including heroes of the Purim story, putti, land- and cityscapes, columns, baskets and vases filled with flowers and fruits, and garlands of fruits.

The ornamentation of this scroll is partly based on the printed borders adorning scrolls produced in Amsterdam in the early 18th century (see "Related objects"). The resemblance between their patterns mainly lies in the opening decoration, landscapes (although in this scroll they are placed in the upper and lower margins and they do not repeat), and in figures of putti supporting baskets with flowers.

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Name/Title
JMNY Hand-Painted Esther Scroll Based on the Scrolls with Landscapes | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
18th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Germany
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Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Unknown |
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Documentation / Research project
Unknown
Material/Technique
Ink and paints on parchment
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
Material Bonding
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
The scroll: ca. 137 x ca. 960 mm.
Length of the sheets in the scroll: 1) ca. 565 mm, 2) 395 mm.
An average letter in the scroll is 1 mm high and the spaces between the lines of the text are 1,5 mm.
Height
Length
Width
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Condition

The membranes are preserved in satisfactory condition, but they are crumpled and discolorations can be seen on them.

The decorations are seriously damaged especially on the opening section of the scroll.

In general, the lower margins are preserved in worse condition than the upper margins.

The text is well preserved.

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 2 sheets, in total containing 11 columns of text with 29 lines each, except for col. 9 which has 11 lines divided into two half-columns.

The first sheet contains 6 columns of text and the second sheet contains 5 columns.

The text is written in Hebrew square script with tagin in brown ink on parchment membranes that are rather thin, delicate, and slightly suede on the blank side.

The letters ח (Es. 1:6) and ת (Es. 9:29) are enlarged and bolded. Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 9.

The letters of the opening word and the four letters of the name of God are enlarged and bolded.

The ruling - upper and lower horizontal lines - is made with a hard point.

The pricking is invisible.

The membranes in 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
Watermark
Hallmark
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

Corrections are made with a pencil; one of them is in the upper margin above col. 5.

Suggested Reconsdivuction
History/Provenance
Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography

No bibliography on the scroll is available.

Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
Author of description
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
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