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An Illustrated Esther Scroll, [Germany: 18th century]
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159
An Illustrated Esther Scroll, [Germany: 18th century]
Estimate
20,00025,000
JUMP TO LOT

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An Illustrated Esther Scroll, [Germany: 18th century]
Scroll of 3 membranes (7 1/4 x approx. 50 7/8 in.; 186 x approx. 1293 mm) made of parchment; written in Ashkenazic Beit yosef script in brown ink on ten columns with twenty-seven lines per column; ruled in blind. The het of hur (Esther 1:6) and ayins of aseret (9:10) and of zar‘o (10:3) flourished in the manner of otiyyot meshunnot. Creasing; some wear and darkening at front and rear; slight fading of decorations; two small holes at front of first membrane not affecting text or images; remnants of tape in some of the outer edges; tear in lower edge of last membrane, partially repaired.
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Catalogue Note

This profusely illustrated scroll features a series of finely detailed miniatures depicting the dramatic events of the Book of Esther along the lower margin. It is one of several examples whose imagery is modeled on that found in the popular scrolls with engraved borders produced in Amsterdam in the early eighteenth century. The scroll opens with a decorative initial word written in enlarged, colored letters. The text panels are separated by columns, garlands of fruit, and flower-filled urns and surmounted by bird and cornucopia motifs. The scenes portrayed along the lower margin are as follows:

1. The feast of King Ahasuerus in Susa;
2. The decrees to remove the disobedient Queen Vashti and bring young maidens to the palace to replace her;
3. Mordechai sitting at the gates of the palace while Haman offers King Ahasuerus bribe money for the destruction of the Jews;
4. Esther sending Hathach to speak to Mordechai and bring him clothes, and Esther inviting the king to her banquet;
5. Haman visiting the king in his bedchambers, and Mordechai being led by Haman through the streets of Susa on horseback;
6. Esther’s second banquet, and Haman falling onto Esther’s bed;
7. The hanging of Haman and the rejoicing of the Jews;
8. Onlookers viewing the hanging of Haman’s ten sons (in the column above);
9. Jews exchanging mishloah manot (gifts); and
10. Mordechai and Esther writing letters instructing the Jews to observe Purim.

Important Judaica, including a Distinguished Private Collection

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New York