• Scrolls 19 (XIII.9)


    Esther Scroll

    Esther Scroll

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    Scrolls 19 (XIII.9)


    First half of the 18th century

    Hand-painted Ink and gouache on parchment, 6 membranes, 18 text columns, 21 lines per column 188 × 2590 mm (7.4 × 102.0 in.) Turned wooden roller, 415 mm (16.3 in.)

    Esther Scroll

    The scroll is lavishly decorated and shares some common features with the scrolls belonging to the Gaster I type, especially in the general layout of it (the scrolls: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 in the HUC collection). Both the upper and lower margins feature polylobed frames containing various land- and cityscapes, birds (in two frames) or an illustration (in one frame). The text illustration is found above the column listing the names of Haman’s ten sons and it depicts them hanging on gallows (9:14). In the landscapes, there are various architectural structures including an archway and an aqueduct. Among the landscapes there are also four images referencing the Temple in Jerusalem: below the first text column there is the image of the altar in the Temple (מזבח), above and below the text column no. 17 there are the images of the table of the showbread (שולחן) and the laver (כיור) and above the last column there is an image of the Temple. The polylobed frames are separated by architectural elements similar to bases of the columns or pedestals. The text is written in wide rectangular text panels that are separated by narrow vertical frames filled with floral decoration. The same motifs repeat along all the membranes. The scroll ends with floral decoration and a blank cartouche.

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