Auction 83 - Part I - Rare and Important Items

Miniature Esther Scroll, Fitted in Silver Case – Iraq

Opening: $3,000
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Sold for: $4,750
Including buyer's premium
Miniature Esther scroll fitted in an ornate silver case. Iraq, Ottoman Empire, [late 19th century or early 20th century].
Ink on parchment; silver, cast, pierced and engraved.
The scroll is written in neat Sephardic scribal script, on thin, light-colored parchment, 32 columns, 12 lines per column.
Fitted in an octagonal silver case, with foliate patterns. Surmounted by a dome, topped with an orange (coral lookalike) bead. Angled, ornamented handle.
Height of parchment: 5 cm. Case: 6.5 cm (including handle: 20 cm). Overall good condition. Minor tears. Minor corrections to text.
Jewish Life in Art and Tradition, From the Collection of the Sir Isaac and Lady Edith Wolfson Museum, Hechal Shlomo, Jerusalem. Jerusalem: Hechal Shlomo, 1980, pp. 168-169.
Esther Scrolls and Parchment Manuscripts