Megillat Ester (מְגִלַּת אֶסְתֵּר).
With four membranes from Megillat Ester (אֶסְתֵּר מְגִלַּת). Baghdad, ca. 1900.
The Book of Esther from the Hebrew Torah is traditionally copied on and read from a parchment scroll wound onto a single rod. Megillat Esther is read annually at the festival of Purim. These two Esther scrolls have a varied provenance attesting to the rich diversity of communities in the Jewish diaspora. The first is a complete 19th-century scroll from Central Europe; the second is an incomplete scroll from Baghdad made at the turn of the 20th century.
From the collection of Rare Book School