Esther Scroll (VI.3)
Second half of the 18th century
Hand-painted Ink and gouache on parchment, 5 membranes, 14 text columns, 20 lines per column + benediction sheet 195 × 2745 mm (7.7 × 108.1 in.) + 150 × 475 (5.9 × 18.7 in.) Wooden roller, 380 mm (15.0 in.)
Solomon Elisha Nachman (שלמה אלישע נחמן)
The scroll opens with an illustration depicting Haman leading Mordecai on horseback through Shushan (6:11). The text columns are bordered with simple red and yellow frames. The scroll ends with a floral motif.
The benediction sheet is separate and is divided into five parts. Its central part contains a decorative crowned cartouche (in a style similar to this in other scrolls from Ancona) with a Hebrew inscription of the owner. The panels on both sides of it contain the blessings and liturgical poems, including: קוראי מגילה (Korei Megillah ) and עמי נשיר כולנו. The texts are bordered with simple frames.