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Obj. ID: 37890  JML Shlomo ben Yosef Esther Scroll with a Carpet Decoration, Greece, 19th century

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Name/Title
JML Shlomo ben Yosef Esther Scroll with a Carpet Decoration | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
19th century
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
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Material/Technique
Ink and paints on parchment + silver
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Material Decoration
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Material Cloth
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Measurements
The scroll: 110 mm (height).
The total length of the manuscript is unknown. Only the first two membranes were measured; they are 620 mm and 590 mm long.
Dimensions of the selected details in the scroll:
- opening decoration: 87x83 mm;
- frames of the panels: 3 mm;
- the highest letter: 3 mm (not all letters in the scroll are of the same size).

The case: ca. 275 mm (total height).
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Hallmark
Condition

The beginning of the scroll is poorly preserved and it lacks a part of the frame on the right side.

The text and decorations are preserved in good condition.

Some parts of the sheets on the blank side are dirty.

The seams connecting the second and third sheets and the beginning of the third sheet are damaged.

The case lacks a decoration that was originally attached to its top.

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Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
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Condition of Building Fabric
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Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
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Description

The scroll opens with a framed carpet decoration composed of a schematic vase with flowers and plant decoration. The Hebrew text of the Book of Esther is copied in frames and between the columns of the text, different floral motifs and ornaments are painted.

A pull bar of silver is attached to the right edge of the first membrane.

The scroll is housed in a silver case with an engraved floral motif. It bears a Hebrew inscription with the date 5455 [=1694/1695 - see "Summary and Remarks"] and presumably with the name of the owner - Shlomo ben Yosef.

Custom
Contents

The Book of Esther in Hebrew

Codicology

The first and second sheets contain 4 columns of the text with 19 lines each.

The text is inscribed in Hebrew square script with tagin in black ink, on the flesh side of parchment membranes that are bright, thick, and stiff. The blank side of the sheets is yellower than the side of the text and decorations.

The letter ח (Es. 1:6) may be slightly higher than an average letter in the scroll.

The ruling - horizontal and vertical lines - is made with a hard point along with the sheets. It is well visible on the blank side of the sheets.

The pricking before the first text panel is visible.

The membranes in the scroll are stitched 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
Signature
The case of the scroll bears a Hebrew inscription with the possible name of the owner - Shlomo ben Yosef and the date according to the Hebrew calendar 5455 [=1694/1695]:
שלמה ב'' יוסף ש' 5455
Colophon

None

Scribal Notes
Watermark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

During the research, only the first two membranes were opened and due to this, the scroll cannot be described minutely.

It seems the date engraved in the case was corrected. Possibly originally, instead of "4", there was "6", then the date would be 1894/1895. After the comparison with other scrolls, this date seems more probable than 1694/1695.

History/Provenance

The former number of the manuscript - N30 - in the lower margin, below the opening decoration, is written in pencil. It appears also on the blank side of the first membrane.

Main Surveys & Excavations
Bibliography

No bibliography on the scroll is available.

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Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
Researcher
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
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