Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Esther before Ahasuerus



Esther before Ahasuerus
Azor masters ca. 1430
illumination (64 × 99 mm) — 15th century
Esther 5:2 - And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.
Ahasuerus's forecourt cannot be entered without permission on penalty of death. Esther risks her life willingly to visit the king when she learns from her uncle Mordecai that the king had decided to kill all the Jews.

The king allows Esther to enter, upon which she invites the king and his vizier (advisor) Haman for a meal at her home.

In the illumination the king points his scepter at Esther to indicate that she may speak.
>>>> Esther

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