Esther scroll, probably 1800-1900. Lent by The British Museum (1921

Esther scroll, probably 1800-1900. Lent by The British Museum (1921

Esther scroll
Ottoman Empire
Probably 1800-1900
Case: silver and coral
Scroll: vellum with ink
Lent by the British Museum
© The Trustees of The British Museum

The biblical Book of Esther is read during the festival of Purim, a festival which commemorates the rescue of the Jews of Persia in the 5th century BC.