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manuscript - Megillah Ester

Megillah Ester

  • Object:

    manuscript

  • Place of origin:

    Amsterdam (One cartouche contains inscription translated as: Michael Yehuda, letter-cutter[?], in the year [5]403 to the creation., written)

  • Date:

    1643 (made)

  • Museum number:

    MSL/1879/36

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

A Megillah is a book of the Hebrew scriptures appointed to be read on certain Jewish notable days. The word is especially likely to be used in reference to The Book of Esther which is read at the Jewish festival of Purim which commemorates the saving of the Jewish people by Esther and her cousin Mordecai. The Megillah is read twice in the course of the festival: on the eve of Purim, and during Purim day. It is read in the original Hebrew from a parchment scroll.

Physical description

1 roll (6 sheets) of parchment on a silver-gilt roller. Text written in square letters, arranged in 18 columns of script. Decorated with sepia drawings of Esther and Mordecai, and borders of foliage and figures interspersed with cartouches containing land and seascapes and scenes from Esther.

Place of Origin

Amsterdam (One cartouche contains inscription translated as: Michael Yehuda, letter-cutter[?], in the year [5]403 to the creation., written)

Date

1643 (made)

Dimensions

Height: 29 cm parchment unrolled, Width: 407 cm parchment unrolled

Descriptive line

Manuscript roll 'Megillah Ester' (The Scroll of Esther). 1643.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Michael E. Keen Jewish ritual art in the Victoria and Albert Museum London: HMSO, 1991. p.51

Materials

Parchment; Pen and ink; Silver

Techniques

Calligraphy; Drawing

Categories

Manuscripts; Judaism; Religion

Collection

National Art Library

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