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Obj. ID: 38121  JMNY Esther Scroll with Zodiac and Lions, USA or Eretz Israel, 19th/20th centuries

© Dagmara Budzioch, Photographer: Budzioch, Dagmara, 11.2015.

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Name/Title
JMNY Esther Scroll with Zodiac and Lions | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
19th/20th centuries
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
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Material/Technique
Ink and paints on parchment
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Measurements
The scroll: 285 x ca. 1395 mm.
The length of the sheets in the scroll: 1) 580 mm, 2) 590 mm, 3) ca. 225 mm.
Dimensions of the selected details in the scroll:
- a segment of decoration with two lions and a medallion: 30x130 mm;
- twisted columns: ca. 220 mm (height);
- text columns are of different width, between less than 80 mm and up to 150 mm;
- an average letter: 2,5 mm (height);
- letters in col. 9: 8-9 mm;
- spaces between the lines of the text: 3 mm.
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Condition

In general, the manuscript is in good condition, although the rather suede surface of the sheets has caused both ink and paint to flake off in some places.

The membranes are rather dirty and dusty.

The decorations of the lower margins are preserved in worse condition than those on the upper margins.

The lower margin of the first membrane is torn in one place.

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Description

The rectangular columns of text are separated by twisted architectural columns which contain ovals with full portraits of the Book of Esther's protagonists -- though most of them are difficult to recognize. The crown-shaped capitals of the columns support medallions containing the signs of the Zodiac which are flanked by lions looking backward. Their figures together with the Zodiac fill the upper margins of all three sheets in the scroll. The lower margins are decorated with cartouches containing symbols of the twelve Israelite tribes flanked by acanthus leaves. 

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Contents

The Book of Esther in Hebrew

Codicology

The scroll is formed of 3 sheets, in total containing 10 columns of text with 36 or 37 lines each, except for col. 9 which has 11 lines divided into two half-columns.

The number of text columns per sheet: no. 1 - 4, no. 2 - 5, no. 3 - 1.

The text is inscribed in Hebrew square Ashkenazi script with tagin, in dark brown ink on parchment membranes that are rather thick, stiff, suede, and grey.

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 ruling – horizontal and vertical lines - is made with a hardpoint, along the sheet. The lines are especially visible on the blank opening section of the scroll.

The membranes in the scroll are stitched together.

The pricking is visible on the right edge of the first sheet.

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Script
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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
Colophon

None

Scribal Notes
Watermark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

Some details are painted in gold and silver paints.

History/Provenance
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Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
Researcher
Dagmara Budzioch | 2021
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