Ketubah of the Day - Sienna (Italy), 1700 Ketubah by The Jewish Museum -
Oct 19

Ketubah of the Day

Sienna (Italy), 1700 Ketubah

by The Jewish Museum

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This ketubah was adapted from a marriage contract, from Sienna (Italy), 1700, in the collection of The Jewish Museum. The family coat of arms, a lion holding a censer is depicted on top in the center. Various biblical and secular scenes comprise the decoration. The large allegorical figures on either side of the upper arch represent Fame (an angel blowing a trumpet) and Profit (a man with a bag of seeds). The zodiac follows the Hebrew calendar, but includes a unicorn with a virgin, Christian symbols that represent the sign of Virgo. Archway above: Outer arch: “So God give thee of the dew of heaven, and of the fat places of the earth, And plenty of corn and wine.” (Genesis 27:28) Inner arch: “Whose findeth a wife findeth a great good” (Proverbs 18:22)/”Let thy fountain be blessed; And have joy of the wife of thy youth.” (Proverbs 5:18) In the architrave, beginning on the upper right (below the cartouche with depiction of Moses receiving the Tablets of the Law) starts a long inscription from Isaiah 61:10 through 62:4. This inscription continues all around the sides. It reads: Isaiah: Chapter 61? 10. I greatly rejoice in the Lord,?My whole being exults in my God.?For He has clothed me with garments of triumph,?Wrapped me in a robe of victory,?Like a bridegroom adorned with a turban,?Like a bride bedecked with her finery.? 11. For as the earth brings forth her growth?And a garden makes the seed shoot up,?So the Lord God will make?Victory and renown shoot up? In the presence of all the nations. Isaiah: Chapter 62? 1. For the sake of Zion I will not be silent,?For the sake of Jerusalem I will not be still,?Till her victory emerge resplendent?And her triumph like a flaming torch.? 2. Nations shall see your victory,?And every king your majesty; ?And you shall be called by a new name?Which the Lord Himself shall bestow.? 3. You shall be a glorious crown?In the hand of the Lord,?And a royal diadem?In the palm of your God. 4. Nevermore shall you be called "Forsaken,"?Nor shall your land be called "Desolate";?But you shall be called "I delight in her,"?And your land "Espoused."?For the Lord takes delight in you,?And your land shall be espoused.

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Widely admired for its exhibitions and collections that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum in New York City is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to exploring the intersection of art and Jewish culture from ancient to modern times. Encompassing four floors of galleries, and located on Manhattan’s prestigious Museum Mile at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, The Jewish Museum organizes a diverse schedule of internationally acclaimed and award-winning temporary exhibitions as well as dynamic and engaging programs for families, adults, and school groups. The permanent exhibition tells the unfolding story of Jewish culture and identity through 800 works of art, archaeology, ceremonial objects, photographs, video and interactive media. The Museum was established in 1904 when Judge Mayer Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial art objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the core of a museum collection. Today, the Museum maintains a collection of 26,000 objects – paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ritual objects, and broadcast media. Its collection of Jewish ceremonial art is the most significant in the Western Hemisphere. The Jewish Museum provides a unique source of insight and inspiration for all people, and is a major cultural resource for New York City and the world. For further information visit