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Catalogue for the exhibition of the same name at the Jewish Museum's Robert Guttmann Gallery. It presents various types of one of the earliest book forms – the scroll – and shows how it remains vital to the Jewish religion and culture. The collections of the Jewish Museum in Prague contain 500 scrolls, dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries and stemming from the Czech lands, Italy and elsewhere. The selected items on display include ceremonial scrolls that are read during the synagogue service – particularly the Torah scroll (containing the Pentateuch) – as well as private illuminated and illustrated scrolls of Esther. Family scrolls that record true stories of dramatic events in the lives of individuals are inspired by the Book of Esther and the festival of Purim. Local history and a more general picture of the insecure status of members of the Jewish community is reflected in the scrolls, often in a colourful way. The attraction of the scroll for modern artists is reflected in the work of El Lissicky (1917) and Markéta Cudlínová (2006).

Jewish Museum in Prague, 2006
Olga Sixtová
ISBN 80-86889-32-7
paperback book, 61 pp., 21 x 30 cm, Czech-English

Price: 2,61 €
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