May 3

Ketubah of the Day

Lace Papercut (Keshet) - Green Ketubah

by Enya Keshet

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The scalloped edges of the lace papercut extend beyond the coloured background layer. Two loving doves are kissing in the top arch, above the verse “I am my beloved and my beloved is mine”. Intricate cut-out borders in the style of the Lisbon Judaic manuscript workshop of 15th Century Lisbon make the ketubah design, which is trimmed with lacy edges all around. The artist recommends to frame this ketubah floated between two panes of glass, so that the lacy edges remain see-through.

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Enya Keshet was born in Pardes Hanna, Israel. As a young woman she moved to Jerusalem, where she studied at the Hebrew University and at Bezalel Academy of Art. Her friendship with a traditional scribe (sofer) led her to the idea of combining the art of paper cutting with the calligraphy of Megillot (scrolls). Her artwork has evolved extensively from this beginning. In 1994 she moved back to her hometown of Pardes Hanna, where her studio is today. A significant part of Enya's work is in the style of the Lisbon manuscript workshop, which flourished at the end of the fifteenth century, a workshop which produced the famous Lisbon Bible and many other illuminated manuscripts currently in the collections of major museums in London, Paris, and New York.