Megillat Esther [MANUSCRIPT]

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Published by Bezalel, 1940
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13 1/2" (top to bottom of spindle). 6 inches (scroll case). Original burled olive wood case lightly carved with depictions of the Western wall of the old city of Jerusalem. The words "Jerusalem," written with the final yod (circa 1940), "Rachel our mother," and the "Western Wall" written in black ink in Hebrew. Manuscript with black ink on white parchment, 4 3/8" in height, 37" long, containing the biblical book of Esther. From the Bezalel school in Jerusalem. This "Scroll of Esther" is a manuscript copy of the biblical Book of Esther, which recounts the story of the salvation of the Jews in the Persian Empire. It was read in synagogues on the Evening and Morning Services of the holiday of Purim. Decorated manuscripts andembellishedscroll cases have been created for use in many communities throughout the Jewish Diaspora since the early modern period, varying in materials and styles. Made for individual users, but read publicly during synagogue services, these objects lay at the intersection between the spheres of personal ritual and synagogue life. The materials, shapes, and the overarching aesthetics presiding the making of embellished megilotare indicative of the social and cultural characteristics of their makers, of the patrons who commissioned them, and the communities they belonged to. Moderate and sporadic scratches to scroll case. Manuscript in Hebrew. In very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Megillat Esther [MANUSCRIPT]
Publisher: Bezalel
Publication Date: 1940
Binding: Wooden cylinder
Book Condition: vg

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Published by Bezalel, Palestine (1914)
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Book Description Bezalel, Palestine, 1914. Hardcover. Book Condition: vg. 13 x 3 inches (top to bottom of spindle). 6" (scroll case). Burled olive wood case spectarularly carved with depictions of the Western wall, with buildings and trees from the Temple mount. The words Jerusalem (yerushalem without the final yod), Tzion (the mount of David), and Kotel Ma'aravi (the Western wall) written in black ink. Manuscript with black ink on white parchment, four inches in height, containing the biblical book of Esther; Letters in large Torah style script with decorative tagin. From the Bezalel school in Jerusalem. A charming and large Megillah. Complete and kosher. Fine condition. The two distinguishing points to help determine dating are the spelling of Jerusalem which, until the 1930s on decorative objects such as this olive wood, was spelled without the final yod. The other primary point is the colored mosaic patterns that are carved into the olive wood box. Bookseller Inventory # 16614

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Book Description Bezalel, Palestine, 1920. Hardcover. Book Condition: vg. 21.5 inches (top to bottom of spindle). 14 inches (scroll case). Burled olive wood case spectacularly carved with depictions of Rachel's tomb and the old city of Jerusalem, and ringed with four multicolored inlay mosaics. The words Jerusalem (yerushalem without the final yod), Kever Rachel (Rachel's tomb) and Ir Tziyon (the city of Zion aka Jerusalem) written in black ink. Manuscript with black ink on white parchment, ten inches in height, containing the biblical book of Esther. Letters in Torah style script with decorative tagin. From the Bezalel school in Jerusalem. An unusually large and finely carved example of Bezalel arts and crafts. Complete and kosher. Fine condition. The two distinguishing points to help determine dating are the spelling of Jerusalem which, until the 1930s on decorative objects such as this olive wood, was spelled without the final yod. The other primary point is the colored mosaic patterns that are carved into the olive wood box. Bookseller Inventory # 17781

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