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Esther scroll from Iraq in a silver European case decorated with depictions from the story of the scroll
Scroll: Baghdad, Iraq, 19th century
Artist: probably, Isaac Meir Hayyim Moses Gabbai
Pen and ink, tempera on parchment (tab and borders were cut to fit the case)
Case: central Europe, 19th century
Silver, etched, engraved, pierced, cast, and partly gilt
Inscribed in Hebrew along the depictions from the scroll story: "Then Harbonah, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, 'What is more, the gallows is standing at Haman's house, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai - the man whose words saved the king';" "'Hang him on it!' the king ordered. So they hanged Haman on the gallows which he had put up for Mordecai, and the king's fury abated" (Esther 7:9-10).
H: 10.3; L: 124 cm
The Stieglitz Collection was donated to the Museum with the contribution of Erica and Ludwig Jesselson, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: B86.0270, B86.0271 ; 140/082, 182/173

From the Israel Museum publications:
Benjamin, Chaya, The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1987, English / Hebrew

The Stieglitz Collection: Masterpieces of Jewish Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 30/11/1987 - 21/04/1987

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir

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