Esther Scroll (VIII.2(B))
Hand-painted border Ink and gouache on parchment, 3 membranes, 1 prefatory panel + 17 text columns, 23 lines per column 205 × 1800 mm (8.1 × 70.9 in.) Wooden roller, 320 mm (12.6 in.)
The scroll opens with the text of the liturgical poem Korei Megillah. The text columns are framed within elaborate arcades. The pediments along the upper margin feature elaborate decorative cartouches – the first pediment features the coat of arms of the Norsa family: three blindfolded Moor’s heads with two stars and a crescent moon. Presumably, a member of the Norsa family was the first owner of this scroll. The following cartouches are inscribed with verses from Psalm 7:1-18 and verses of the liturgical poem Korei Megillah penned in red ink. The lower margin is decorated with balustrade.