This ketubah was adapted from one of the earliest decorated Jewish marriage contracts from Italy (1614) and the earliest in the collection of The Jewish Museum. The bride and groom belonged to very prominent Sephardi families. As customary in Italian marriage contracts, the original text included a contract of marriage on the right and the articles of engagement, or tena’im, on the left. Their framing through paired horseshoe arches suggests Spanish influence.
Ketubah Artist Bio
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