Thursday, December 24, 2009

An Illuminated Section From the Book of Esther, on Vellum, Hebrew, c. early 18th century.

This manuscript scroll is written on Vellum (calf skin). The decorative elements and illustrative style within the ornamental border envelop the text and consist of fruits, flowers, birds, a sign of the Zodiac on top of each column and a scene within the story of Esther on the bottom of the scroll. The scribe’s name or date of production is not given. However, the decorative elements and the illustrative style suggest that this manuscript was copied in Italy during the eighteenth century.

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