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An Elaborately Decorated Ketubbah from Siena, 1725
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An Elaborately Decorated Ketubbah from Siena, 1725
Ink and watercolor on parchment (27 1/2 x 22 1/4 in.; 710 x 565 mm); written in Italian square script in brown ink on twenty-one long lines; ruled in blind. Upper edge scalloped; text within a rich, hand-colored border of intertwined flowers and foliage; two birds flanking an inscribed cartouche in upper border; two vases in side borders; additional inscribed cartouches on side and lower borders. Slight scattered staining and creasing; minor cockling; tape repair in upper margin; text somewhat faded; ink stain affecting two lines of text; small tears in outer edges, some repaired. Matted, glazed, and framed; not examined outside of the frame. 
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Celebrating the wedding of Solomon ben Joshua Gallichi and Bella Donna bat Raphael Hayyim Gallichi in Siena on Wednesday, 8 Adar 5485 (February 10, 1725).

This marriage contract for two members of the wealthy Gallichi family is adorned with a richly colored border composed of flowering vines and biblical verses relating to the bride and groom: “I now know what a beautiful woman you are” (Gen. 12:11) and “I now know that you fear God” (Gen. 22:12). The ketubbah is surrounded with the text of psalm 128, which gives elegant expression to the biblical ideal of family life. The groom, Solomon Gallichi, would go on to dedicate an elaborate, carved wooden bimah (reader’s desk) to the synagogue in Siena in 1755, thirty years after his wedding. This bimah remains extant in Siena to the present day.

Decorated ketubbot from eighteenth-century Siena are exceedingly rare, and few, if any, are as lavishly ornamented as the present example.

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