Auction 44
Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters

Lot Number 15

Adorned Vellum Ketubah – Rome, 1788

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Lot Number 15

Adorned Vellum Ketubah – Rome, 1788

Large attractive vellum ketubah, recording the marriage of the groom Yedidya son of the honored elder Yehuda of Siena, with the bride Bayla Fiyori daughter of the honored Ya'akov of Tivoli. Rome, March 19, 1788.
Witnesses' signatures: Rabbi Shmuel Yehuda ben R' Gavriel of Castro and Rabbi Aharon ben R' Chananya of Porto.
Square frame ornamented with floral patterns, decorated with ribbons and birds. Flanked by a pair of large jugs, from which flowering bushes are growing. Two Biblical scenes are drawn on the upper corners: On the right, Moses (standing next to another figure, apparently Aharon) striking the rock from which water is gushing. On the left (blurred and damaged) is another scene linked to the exodus from Egypt (apparently, Moses splitting the Red Sea). We are not familiar with these scenes from other Ketubot from Rome or from any other place in Italy from this time.
On the lower margins is a vase with flowers flanked by a pair of flamingoes. At the bottom of the Ketubah is a pair of cornucopia under an altar upon which a fire is burning (perhaps the "Altar of Love" which appears in other ketubot drawn in Rome. Drawn on the altar is a pair of tiny figures standing next to an unidentified monument, one figure holding a stick).
51X86 cm. Overall good condition. Damages (creases, holes and moisture damages) to upper part. The left drawing is damaged. The upper left corner is missing. The text is slightly faded. Framed.

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