THE YAACOB AGAM MEGILLAH (SCROLL OF ESTHER) IN A SILVER CASE STAMPED WOLPERT, C. 1980
Serigraph on parchment, signed and numbered 103 of 180. Height: 19 5/8 inches; text in square Ashkenazic script, arranged in 11 columns on 8 membranes;
the cylindrical case with applied Hebrew letters,
marked Wolpert on case, Sterling, and 925, possibly later
the case height 22 in.
Case in good condition
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Sotheby's, New York, December 17, 2013, lot 121 (scroll)
The scroll is a decorated megillah by noted Israeli artist Ya'akov Agam. Produced on parchment, this limited edition included a silk-screened border by the artist, with text handwritten by a scribe. In this Scroll of Esther, the traditional text is adorned with distinctly modern and brilliantly colored artwork. Agam has also embellished the scroll with abstract imagery from the Esther story including a scene of Haman leading Mordechai on horseback and a pair of dice, a reference to both the lots that Haman drew to determine the exact date on which to annihilate the Jewish people as well as to the element of chance which is present in the Purim story.