This elaborately decorated marriage contract was written and illustrated in the port city of Ancona, one of the most creative centers of ketubbah decoration in Italy. It features a floral border of entwined vines and lushly painted flowers. The text is flanked by two figures of turbaned men, the figure at right holding a sheaf of grain and the one at left a flowering grapevine. Beneath them are biblical phrases offering blessings to the bride and groom: “They shall bring to life new grain, they shall blossom like the vine” (Hos. 14:8). This unusual iconography is also found on a similarly-decorated ketubbah, presumably executed by the same artist and currently located in The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York (KET 62).
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