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Esther Scroll decorated with the genealogies of Mordecai and Haman
Persia
18th century
Scroll: pen and ink, tempera on parchment
Staves: silver, cast
The decorative Hebrew text along the upper margins refers to Haman's genealogy, who include Amalek and Esau, while the text in the lower margin refers to Mordecai. Upper text: "And Joshua overwhelmed the people of Amalek with the sword" (Exodus 17:13); "Remember what Amalek did to you on your journey, after you left Egypt... when you were famished and weary" (Deuteronomy 25:17-18). Below: "There was a man of Benjamin, whose name was Kish the son of Abiel... He had a son whose name was Saul..." (I Samuel 9:1-2); "So they ran over and brought him from there, and when he took his place among the people... Do you see the one whom the Lord has chosen? There is none like him among all the people" (I Samuel 10:23-24)
H: 9.3; L: 194 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: B86.0275 ; 182/176


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

Exhibitions:
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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