Sienna (Italy), 1700 Ketubah
by The Jewish Museum
This ketubah was adapted from a marriage contract, from Sienna (Italy), 1700, in the collection of The Jewish Museum. The family coat of arms, a lion holding a censer is depicted on top in the center. Various biblical and secular scenes comprise the decoration. The large allegorical figures on either side of the upper arch represent Fame (an angel blowing a trumpet) and Profit (a man with a bag of seeds). The zodiac follows the Hebrew calendar, but includes a unicorn with a virgin, Christian symbols that represent the sign of Virgo.
Ketubah Artist Bio
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