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Esther/Ester

Browse Shapero’s fine collection of highly collectible, rare and antique examples of the Jewish book of Ester/Esther (Megillah), many of these sought after, handwritten scrolls are illuminated and illustrated

 

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  1. Original manuscript on vellum, text arranged in 22 lines, in Hebrew script, scroll housed in an elaborately decorated, silver filigree case (unstamped). Scroll height 9 cm. Case height 26 cm.

    £12,500
  2. 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.

    £12,500
  3. Original manuscript on parchment, text arranged in 16 lines, in Hebrew script, housed in an elaborately decorated silver case made by Yemini for the Bezalel School. The decorations include three filigree tiers and two bands mounted with ruby coloured stones surrounding elaborate scenes from the Megilah, depicting Mordechai riding on a horse led by Haman, the king Ahasuerus and others. Scroll height 9.5 cm. Case height 22 cm.

    £9,500
  4. Scroll on parchment, housed in a silver gilt case (unstamped). Scroll height 7 cm. Case height 19 cm.

    £13,000
  5. Scroll on parchment, housed in a silver case (unstamped), cast, hammered and engraved with floral decorations and geometric patterns. Scroll height 15 cm. Case height 34.5 cm. Some staining to parchment.

    £9,500
  6. Scroll on parchment, 7 conjoined sheets, housed in carved and painted olivewood case. Scroll height 10 cm. Case height 35 cm.

    £2,250
  7. Illuminated scroll on parchment, 3 spliced sheets, 25.5 x 202.7 cm. Hand-coloured decorations possibly later. Some wear and loss of colour, small tears; repairs to the back of first sheet.

    £12,500
  8. Manuscript on vellum, (37.5 x 238.5 cm). Five skins stitched at side margins to form a continuous roll. Some wear and yellowing. Text in Hebrew, untitled.

    £1,500
 

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