[Megilat Ester]. = [מגילת אסתר].

Standardized Title:
Bible. Esther
Other Title:
אשר הניא עצת גוים.
[Tunisia?], [1800? - 1850?]
[תוניסיה?], [1800?-1850?]
1 roll (7 membranes) : parchment ; 13 x 334 cm.
Scrolls (information artifacts)
Manuscripts, Hebrew -- 19th century.
This is a scroll of Esther written in North Africa, perhaps from Tunisia, likely during between 1800 and 1850. The blessing recited after the reading of Megilat Ester and a portion of the end of the acrostic piyut recited after called "Asher heni" is written after the last column in a later hand.
Ms. roll.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Layout: Written in three columns of 18 lines for the first two membranes and two columns of 13 lines for the final five membranes; ruled in drypoint. For the portion detailing the hanging of the ten sons of Haman, the entire column is written with the names of the sons at the right side; this covers the entire column.
Script: Written in a North African safrut, the ritual script required for writing a Torah scroll. The first two membranes, or six columns, use an unadorned safrut, while the following columns use adorned safrut with tagin (crowns above certain letters).
Decoration: Some letters are highlighted and decorated with swirls and crowns.
Origin: Written in North Africa, perhaps from Tunisia, likely between 1800 and 1850, based on a comparison of the layout and script of similar rolls.
Cited as:
UPenn Ms. Roll 2010.
Asher heni ʻatsat goyim.
אשר הניא עצת גוים.
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