Thursday, December 24, 2009

An Illuminated Section From the Book of Esther, on Parchment, Hebrew, c. 17th century.

This manuscript scroll contains the Book of Esther. It consists of 21 page-size sections. All sections have green floral borders and small hand-colored illustrations on the bottom, depicting important scenes within the story. The manuscript is attached to a wooden roll with one decorative silver knob missing. Although the scribe’s name and date of production is not given, its decorative elements and illustrative style suggests that this manuscript was probably copied in Italy during the early part of the 17th century.

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