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Padua, Italy, 1722

 

Padua, Italy, 1722

 
 

 

This lovely ketubah is decorated in the finest artistic tradition of the Jews of northern Italy, specifically in the Veneto region where Padua is found (west of Venice). The ketubah illustrations contain symbols of weddings, verses and a lovely wedding poem set with couples standing at the sides.

 

At the top of the ketubah, for instance, the bride is adorned with a large symbolic crown that illustrates the verse "A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband" (Proverbs 12; 4).

 

The arch above the pair of pillars is made up of the zodiac, organized from right to left, according to the early Hebrew calendar: Aries, the symbol of the first Biblical month; Nissan, is in the right-hand corner; and Pisces, the symbol of the last month, Adar appears in the left-hand corner.


Among the many verses and illustrations, set in in the bottom center, is a small picture of a structure. Below it appear the words "the Temple". The Temple here is the image of an Italian structure with a dome, and a façade with three gates. It is surrounded by city walls on two sides and above it there are cypress trees, symbolizing Solomon's Temple (see, Jerusalem Ketubah, 1860  no. 472)

 

 

 
 
  

 

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Padua, Italy, 1722This lovely ketubah is decorated in the finest artistic tradition of the Jews of northern Italy, specifically in the Veneto region where Padua is found (west of Venice). The ketubah illustrations contain symbols of weddings, verses and a lovely wedding poem set with couples standing at the sides. At the top of the ketubah, for instance, the bride is adorned with a large symbolic crown that illustrates the verse, "A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband" (Proverbs 12; 4). The arch above the pair of pillars is made up of the zodiac, organized from right to left, according to the early Hebrew calendar-Aries, the symbol of the first Biblical month, Nissan, is in the right-hand corner, and Pisces, the symbol of the last month, Adar appears in the left-hand corner.
 
Among the many verses and illustrations, set in in the bottom center, is a small picture of a structure. Below it appears the words "the Temple". The Temple here is the image of an Italian structure with a dome, and a façade with three gates. It is surrounded by city walls on two sides and above it there are cypress trees, symbolizing Solomon's Temple (see, Jerusalem Ketubah, 1860- no. 472)