The Radiance of Dawn – Gold Ketubah
by Debra Band
The twelve pointed star that radiates from the Ketubah document itself is composed of two six-pointed stars, each worked in a different traditional Middle Eastern geometric pattern. The poetry surrounding the artwork, drawn from the Song of Songs 6:10 and 5:10, expresses the lovers’ excitement and joy in one another: Who is she that shines through like the dawn, Beautiful as the moon, Radiant as the sun, Awesome as bannered hosts… My beloved is clear-skinned and ruddy, Pre-eminent among ten thousand! His head is finest gold, His locks are curled And black as a raven.
Ketubah Artist Bio
Debra Band holds an M.A. in political science from MIT, and a B.A. honors degree in history (with a minor is studio art). Her Ketubot and Judaic artwork draw on her love of Jewish tradition and learning. Her work is informed by her extensive study of Jewish texts and research into medieval European and Middle Eastern painting and manuscripts. Having lived in many places across North America, Debra now lives on the West Coast with her husband, sons and considerable menagerie.