Esther Scroll (III.2)
Hand-painted Ink and gouache on parchment, 4 membranes, benedictions + 35 text columns + benediction and liturgical poem Korei Megillah, 14 lines per column 84 × 2958 mm (3.3 × 116.5 in.) Wooden turned roller, 250 mm (9.8 in.)
Scroll opens with a crowned and beribboned cartouche featuring a coat of arms consisting of a rampant lion standing next to a tree. The blessings appear in separate panels before and after the text of the book of Esther. Text columns are separated by floral decorations enclosed in frames. The upper and lower margins are bordered with simple bar frames. The scroll ends with a representation of Moses depicted against a landscape. He is presented in a long robe and his head is decorated with rays of light. He holds the Tablets of Law and points his finger to them. The text of the liturgical poem Korei Megillah follows the text of the Esther story. Decorative and enlarged letters are used for the first word in each of the blessings and (ברוך) and for the first word of the Megillah (ויהי).