An oak panel carved with the story of Esther

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Eastern Groningen/Bremen
C. 1600
59 x 152 cm

The panel originally derives from a Bremer chest.

A panel with a similar scene is illustrated in “Möbel Europas, Renaissence-Manierismus”. Klinkhardt & Bierman, p. 399 nr. 362

The book Ester can be divided into three parts. Chapters 1:1-2:18 — Esther replaces Wasti; 2:19-7:10 — Mordechai beats Haman; 8:1-10:3 — Israël survives Haman's attempt to destroy the people. The noble Esther risked her own life when she realised the destruction of her people was at stake. She stood up against Haman, the second most powerful man in her husband's kingdom, and risked her own life. She proved to be a wise and worthy opponent, and at the same time humble and respectful towards het husband, the king.  

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