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Megillah Esther
Ukraine
Late 18th-early 19th century

Silver, parchment, oak ink. Cast, embossed, engraved, gold-gilded.

 

The Esther scroll, called the Megillah Esther, is an illuminated excerpt from the Torah Book of Esther, and is placed into a long cylindrical case made of wood or, most often, silver. The cylinder is profusely decorated and is used for the Purim festival.