MEGILATH ESTHER.

AUCTION 64 | Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Ceremonial Objects, Maps and Graphic Art

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Lot 228

MEGILATH ESTHER.

Complete Scroll of Esther accomplished in Aschkenazic script black ink on vellum. Composed on four membranes set in 17 columns, the first and last of which being panels for the blessing pre- and post-chanting of the Megilah. The text <<set within elaborately engraved historiated borders>> depict the characters and events that populate the Esther story, medallion vignette portraits above. The whole, <<hand-colored. >> Mounted on wooden roller; lower portion lacking. Occasional light wear. Height: 8 inches.

Amsterdam: c. 1720

Est: $15,000 - $18,000
Skillfully engraved, finely detailed and hand-colored Esther scroll, produced in Amsterdam in the first decades of the eighteenth century. Beautifully presented blessing panels. Exhibited: New York, Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, The Collector’s Room: Selections from the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Collection (1993) no. 64, p. 25.