Late 19th Century Ottoman Empire Silver Megillah Case and Esther Scroll
The book of Esther is known as the only bible book, besides the Song of Songs, that does not explicitly mention god. In this Megillah it seems that the sofer (the Jewish scribe of religious writings) was determined to show that the name of god does appear in the text, thus he accented in bold various letters from the text, which combined will read as various names of god. The scribe has also added small pointing hand symbols to the first column, to guide the reader to finding the ‘hidden message’.
Manuscript on vellum, text arranged in 19 lines, in Hebrew Sephardic script, housed in an elaborately silver container of impressive and extraordinary handwork with a handle for rolling the megillah up in the container. Hammering, cutting and scalpel work of vegetation and flowers.
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