These silver and wooden cases house Megillah, or Esther, Scrolls. The Book of Esther has an important place in Judaism, being used for both private and corporate worship. The Esther Scroll is read in the Jewish household on the Feast of Purim, a holiday that celebrates God’s deliverance of the Jewish people from the Persian plot to exterminate them told in the Book of Esther.
Discovered in ‘siddur’ – a Jewish prayer book dated back to around 840 AD. The complete parchment, still in its original binding, is so old that it contains Babylonian vowel pointing – akin to the Old or Middle English for the English language.