North African Jewish Documents

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Ketubah: Tetouan, Morocco, 1815, July 12

Marriage contract, manuscript, ink and paint on vellum, dated the fouth of Tamuz 5575 (1815 July 12) at Tetuan. Intricate floral border including two birds and a vase above a calligraphed passage with good wishes for the bride and groom. Text framed by a horseshoe arch. The text includes an additional clause obligating the groom not to take a second wife and not to move the family to another city without the wife’s consent.

Bridegroom: Shem Tov ben Avraham ben Shem Tov ben Yosef ha-Levi

Bride: 'Alia bat Yosef ben Ya'akov ben Yosef Ben-Gigi