Blessing Hands Ketubah
by Nishima Kaplan
This Ketubah is a truly un-traditional work of art surrounded by traditional Jewish symbols of belssing. The original was created using a mixture of oil paint, sea glass, semi-precious gems, clay, paper, pastel, ink, gold paint and wood-burning on oak board. At the top of the design, a pair of hands extend as the blessings of the High Priest over your marriage. This set of hands is flanked by two wood-burned Hamsas – ancient Sephardic amulets known to draw positive energy, happiness, riches adn health into your home. At the bottom of the ketubah, two beautifully stylized painted clay hands partake in the ring ceremony. Placed around the borders and texts are images of semiprecious gems and sea glass, chosen by the artist for their beauty and healing colors.
Ketubah Artist Bio
Nishima graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 with degrees in Russian studies and Multinational Management from the Wharton School of business. Unsatisfied with business, she continued to search for her life’s work. Later, she discovered that her deepest passion and destiny was to be an artist. She continued and completed studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art for three years, receiving classical training in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpting. In 1998, she designed and painted her first ketubah as a wedding gift for friends. Since then she has created hundreds of Hand-Made and Limited Edition ketubahs.