Esther Scroll (II.6)
Second half of the 17th century
Hand-painted border Ink and gouache on parchment, 6 membranes, 19 text columns, 22 lines per column + benediction sheet 320 × 3355 mm (12.6 × 132.1 in.) + 172 × 105 mm (6.7 × 7.7 in.) Wooden roller, ca. 535 mm (21.1 in.)
This scroll opens with elaborate decorative imagery consisting of flowering vines and a hunting scene. At center, a decorative cartouche is supported by two putti and surmounted by a crown. The cartouche contains a coat of arms consisting of a bird perched on a tree, holding a twig in its beak. Text columns are separated by tortile pillars supported by putti whose backs are covered with a mantle. In the upper margin, directly above the columns’ capitals, are placed flower-filled vases alternately with cartouches containing a tree or a bird holding a twig in its beak that is a further reference to the coat of arms at the front of the scroll. The upper margin, a running balustrade encompasses angels’ heads, birds, flowers, dolphins’ masks, scenes with animals, and human figures. In the lower border, narrative scenes are enclosed in rectangular frames placed below the text columns. The imagery on this scroll and many common features with the illustrations found in the Gaster I, Gaster II and Klagsbald scrolls. The scroll ends with floral decoration.
Benediction sheet is separate and is decorated with a hand-drawn vase filled with flowers.