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Obj. ID: 35194  GFC Esther Scroll with Octagonal Text Panels, Alsace (?), first quarter of the 18th century

© Gross Family Collection, Photographer: Bar Hama, Ardon, -.

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Name/Title
GFC Esther Scroll with Octagonal Text Panels | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
first quarter of the 18th century
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
France | Alsace
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Period Detail
Gross Family Collection No.
081.012.037
Material/Technique
Ink and paints on parchment
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The scroll: 370x2370 mm.
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Description

In this lavishly illustrated scroll, each octagonal column of the Hebrew text of Esther is surrounded by a frame, except for col. 7. Each framed column of text is surrounded by 6 or 7 decorations: mainly narrative scenes from the Esther story, but also human figures, including the story’s protagonists, musicians, and unidentified people. There are also animals, buildings, and garlands. Figures are dressed in fashionable costumes of the artist’s time, including wigs and a hair done a la fontange. These strongly contrast with Jewish clothing common in numerous communities of the 17th and 18th centuries.  

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Contents

The Book of Esther in Hebrew

Codicology

The membranes of the scroll are glued together.

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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
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Summary and Remarks

Two other scrolls featuring the same style are extant: Obj ID 200 and M000440, JHM, Amsterdam

Figures in the biblical narrative are depicted as belonging to the higher social class of the artist’s day. These possibly represent court Jews, who could also be patrons and users of these manuscripts.

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Documenter
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
Researcher
Dagmara Budzioch | 2020
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