Jan 26

Ketubah of the Day

Senna (Kurdistan, Persia), 1848 - Museum Collection Ketubah

by The Jewish Museum

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This ketubah was adapted from a marriage contract, from Senna, Kurdistan, Persia, 1848, in the collection of The Jewish Museum. The decoration of this ketubah combines the motif of the lion in front of the rising sun, a national symbol of Persia typically used in ketubot from Isfahan, with a frame comprising a series of quatrefoils alternating with pitchers, popular in ketubot from Senna, where this example was produced. The appearance of these two decorative devices on the same ketubah could indicate that the document commemorates the wedding of a local Senna Jew to a member of a family with ties to Isfahan. The small text at the top reads: “Your wife will be as a fruitful vine in the innermost parts of your house; your children like olive plants around your table.” (Psalm 128:3) The large text reads: “The voice of joy, the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride” (Jeremiah 33:11)

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