Esther Scroll (I.2)
Italy, Venice (?)
Second half of the 17th century
Printed and hand-painted border Ink and gouache on parchment, 1 membrane, 5 text columns, 23 lines per column 174 × 528 mm (6.9 × 20.8 in.)
An incomplete scroll consisting of only the last sheet of a lavishly decorated and illustrated megillah embellished with a printed and hand-colored border. It belongs to a group of scrolls that the scholar Mendel Metzger has characterized as Gaster I type (see also HUC scrolls number 7, 8, 9, 10). The upper and lower margins are decorated with illustrations enclosed in polylobed frames alternately with interlaced patterns. The text panels are separated by the floral decoration with acanthus leaves. The scroll ends with decoration containing foliage, flowers and cartouche placed in the central part of it that is completely painted in blue. Some parts of decoration are highlighted in gold. The dating of this group of the scrolls is based on two examples which contain the dates: 1666 (2002.01.0679, Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, Paris) and 1673 (BAR MS 405 Oriental, Biblioteca Academiei Române, Bucharest).