Miniature Torah Scroll, [Ashkenaz: early 19th century]
Scroll of 45 membranes (5 1/2 in. x approx. 52 ft.; 141 mm x approx. 15.9 m) made of parchment; written in Ashkenazic Beit yosef script in dark brown ink with three to eight columns per membrane (membrane widths ranging from approx. 7 7/8 to 23 1/2 in.; 201 to 600 mm) (total: 234 columns) and forty-two lines per column; membrane 42 (Deut. 22:26-26:4) a later replacement, with some small later corrections throughout; horizontally and vertically ruled in hardpoint on the recto; prickings visible along upper and lower edges; justification of lines via dilation or contraction of final letters (average justification: 4 1/8 x 2 3/8 in.; 106 x 60 mm). The Songs of the Sea (column 75 on membrane 15) and of Moses (columns 231-232 on membrane 45) are laid out to look like brickwork (ariah al gabbei levenah and ariah al gabbei ariah, respectively); the custom of vavei ha-ammudim is imperfectly implemented (see column 64 on membrane 13, as well as membrane 42). Ink episodically faded; parchment intermittently creased; some later repairs scattered throughout (see especially membrane 22). Mounted on modern silver rollers and accompanied by a white cowhide Velcro Torah mantle (embroidered in Hebrew “Rejoice and exult in the joy of the Torah,” and surmounted by an embroidered crown) and a black Velcro Torah binder.