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Obj. ID: 39688
Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts
  JHM Esther Scroll with a Wreath of Flowers, The Netherlands, 18th century

© Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museum), Photographer: Unknown, -

The only decoration in the scroll is placed at its beginning. This is a printed wreath of different flowers topped with a crown that enframes the initial and final benedictions accompanying the reading of Megillah.

The scroll is mounted on a wooden rod without finials.

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Name/Title
JHM Esther Scroll with a Wreath of Flowers | Unknown
Object Detail
Monument Setting
Unknown
Date
18th century
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Unknown (Unknown)
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Unknown
Material/Technique
Ink on parchment (printed decoration, partly handwritten and partly printed text) + wood
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Material Cloth
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Measurements
The scroll: ca. 193x2640 mm.
The length of the membranes in the scroll: 1) ca. 815 mm, 2) 810 mm, 3) 815 mm, 4) ca. 200 mm.
Dimensions of the selected details in the scroll:
- the wreath: 150x120 mm;
- an average letter: more than 2 mm;
- letters in benedictions: less than 2 mm;
- letters in the initial words of the benedictions: 4 mm;
- spaces between the lines: 6-7 mm.

The rod: ca. 200 mm (height).
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Condition

In general, the manuscript is well preserved, only its opening section is slightly damaged and dirty.

The finials of the roller are not preserved.

Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
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Condition of Building Fabric
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Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
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Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
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Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents

The Book of Esther in Hebrew with initial and final benedictions

Codicology

The scroll is formed of 4 sheets containing opening benedictions + 18 columns of the text with 18 lines per each, except for col. 15 which includes 11 lines divided into two half-columns and col. 18 with 13 lines.

The number of columns per sheet: no. 1 - benedictions + 5, nos. 2 and 3 - 6, no. 4 - 1.

The text is written in Hebrew square script in black ink with tagin on the flesh side of parchment sheets that are very thick and stiff. The side of the text is slightly suede and matte, while the blank side is slightly yellow and shiny.

The letters ח (Es. 1:6) and ת (Es. 9:29) are enlarged and bolded. Other enlarged and diminished letters are included in col. 15.

The ruling - horizontal and vertical lines - is made with a hardpoint and in general, it is slightly visible. Vertical lines are more visible.

The pricking is invisible.

The sheets in the scroll are stitched together.

All four benedictions with vocalization are printed. Each formula starts with an enlarged word ברוך. The name of God is replaced with the letter ה.

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Façade (main)
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Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
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Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
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Colophon

None

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Summary and Remarks

Due to tiny holes visible on the edges of the opening section of the scroll, it can be assumed that underneath it, a piece of fabric was stitched.

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History/Provenance
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Bibliography

A short description of the scroll and its images are available on https://data.jck.nl/page/aggregation/jhm-museum/M000415 (accessed on 7.07.2021).

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