Manuscript Torah Scroll fragment of four panels in black ink on beautiful red deer parchment. Fifty one lines per column, written in a clear and precise Hebraic script.(520 x 565 mm – 20 ½ x 22 1/8”)
Yemen, circa 1650.
This fragment is the beginning of the Torah and includes Genesis (Bereshit) 1:1-4:26, containing the Creation Narrative, Man’s First Sin, The Expulsion from the Garden, and the story of Cain and Abel.
The scroll was written on the hair side (Gvil) of specially prepared deerskin in a process that darkens to a deep orange-red color over the centuries. The very soft parchment remains supple and legible despite centuries of use in the Synagogue. The color, script and use of 51 lines per column are indicative of Hebraic scrolls originating in Yemen.