[Italy, Ancona], 1800.
19th Century Esther Scroll Manuscript, or the Megillah. N.D. N.P. but likely Italy, Ancona: circa 1800].
Manuscript scroll in Hebrew of the book of Esther on vellum on a wooden roller. Five parts sewn together. (105 inches x 4 inches; mm). Hebrew manuscript text in small but clear black ink in 15 lines arranged in 23 columns. Fifth column from the right in larger text. Text within a green and gilt border. Initial and final panel with green, red, gilt and blue floral ornaments. With some light toning to vellum and a few minor spots. The initial panel with some minor restoration. The initial floral ornament with some wear and chipping. Some of the color on the ornaments and borders with some wear. Part of the wooden roller finial chipped. Still overall a very good example.
"A "Scroll of Esther" (Megilat Ester) is a manuscript copy of the biblical Book of Esther, which recounts the story of the salvation of the Jews in the Persian Empire, read in synagogues on the Evening and Morning Services of the holiday of Purim." (The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. UC, Berkeley).
Esther scrolls, also known by the Hebrew term Megillot (sing.: Megillah, ''scroll') are copies of the Biblical book of Esther, transcribed on parchment scrolls to be read publicly on the feast of Purim, the anniversary of the Jews' deliverance from the threat of annihilation by Haman. Thus they are at once Biblical and liturgical texts. (The Perfect Scribe And An Early Engraved Esther Scroll, Eva Frojmovic).