The Crowning of Esther

Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Réserve des livres rares, A-1646 (2)

The miniature illustrates Esther 2:17 – after a prolonged search for a queen to replace the headstrong Vashti, King Ahasuerus, Esther "had favour and kindness before him above all the women, and he set the royal crown on her head, and made her queen."

Jacopo Torriti, detail from the Coronation of the Virgin apse mosaic in Santa Maria Maggiore, 1295.

The posing of the two figures on the double throne, with the king's hand placing the crown, follows the traditional iconography of Coronation of the Virgin images. The Glossa Ordinaria states that Ahasuerus is a type of Christ and, quoting Rabanus Maurus, that Esther "as a type of the Church frees the people from danger."

Read more about images of Esther.
See more about images of The Coronation of the Virgin.

Source: this page at the BnF website. (All seven woodcuts can be seen at this site.)