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Obj. ID: 1426  Aryeh Leib ben Daniel of Goray Sepia Esther Scroll, Italy, 1740s

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Name/Title
Aryeh Leib ben Daniel of Goray Sepia Esther Scroll | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
1740s
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Period Detail
Gross Family Collection No.
Material/Technique
Ink on parchment
Material Stucture
Material Decoration
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275x2120 mm
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Extant
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Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
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Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
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Description
Custom
Contents

The Book of Esther in Hebrew

Codicology
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
Colophon
None
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

Aryeh Leib ben Daniel of Goray (18th century, dates of life unknown) was prolific artist and scribe who used to include scribal notes in his manuscripts and due to them, some stages of his career can be traced. The earliest evidence of his artistic activity are scrolls dated to 1732 and 1733 when he was still in his hometown of Goray (Pol. Goraj, Poland). Around 1737 his presence and activity are testified in Germany and in the 1740s in Italy. Here he executed at least several examples of the decorated scrolls and in some other adorned with printed frames designed by Francesco Griselini (see in the Index) he copied the text of Megillah. The latest manuscript including Aryeh Leib's colophon is dated to 1755 and was written in France. The scrolls created over 20 years of his activity as an artist and a scribe show that his style developed and transformed from the manuscripts painted in multicolored and delicate water paints to these decorated solely in a pen and brown ink that feature his mature style. So far, no manuscripts - other than Esther scrolls - produced by him have been found.

For other scrolls decorated by this artist-scribe (or attributed to him) see IDs 1426, 23767, 34761.

History/Provenance
Formerly scroll 081.012.041 in the Gross Family Collection.
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