Esther Scroll (XV.3)
Second half of the 17th century
Hand-painted border Ink and gouache on parchment, 4 membranes, 19 text columns, 21 lines per column 205 × 2112 mm (8.1 × 83.2 in.) Wooden roller, 375 mm (14.8 in.)
A lavishly decorated and illustrated scroll that opens with decorative cartouche surmounted by a crown. Within the cartouche is the coat of arms of the Shallit family depicting a lion holding a palm branch and a star of David. On the upper margin is a balustrade divided by the vases with flowers. On the balustrade are placed birds with flowers and plants and in one instance, the head of an angel is visible. The text is written in columns that are placed below the arches. The text panels are separated by several decorative elements. In the upper part there are empty cartouches placed directly under the aforementioned vases. Below are tortile columns supported by putti who stand on the base of each column. Below each of the text columns is an illustration enclosed in a decorative cartouche.