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[ESTHER SCROLL].

[Esther Scroll housed in silver engraved case, untitled].

Stock Code
98842
Palestine, 1880
£12,500

The Book of Esther is part of Ketuvim (Writings), the third section of the Hebrew Bible. It tells the story of a Jewish girl named Esther who became queen of Persia and thwarted a plan by Haman to commit genocide against her people. Also called The Megillah, the book is the basis and an integral part of the Jewish celebration of Purim. Its full text is read aloud twice during the celebration, in the evening and again the following morning. Besides Song of Songs, it is the only book in the Bible that does not explicitly mention God.

'Since the Talmudic period it has been customary to write the Book of Esther on parchment in the form of a scroll, and the rules governing its production and writing are basically the same as those for a traditional Torah scroll. It is not known when and under what circumstances artistic embellishment of

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Original manuscript on vellum, text arranged in 13 lines, in Hebrew Sephardic script, housed in an elaborately engraved and mounted silver case (unstamped), depicting a scene from the Megilah: Esther kneeling in front of King Ahasuerus, begging him to have mercy on her people; Mordechai and a guard can be seen behind a curtain. A small dove tops the scroll case. The scene accompanied by an engraved Hebrew explanation. Scroll height 7.5 cm. Case height 24 cm.

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