Ketubot from Iran

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Bijar, Iran, 1947

Bride: Kurshid bat Ezrah Kidusi
Groom: Yitshak Kidusi ben Nehemya Kidusi
Thursday, 12 Elul 5707 (August 28, 1947)
On paper

This ketubah was produced for a couple that belonged to the Kurdish-Iranian Jewish community and it is quite typical of ketubot from that area. The document is divided into two parts. The upper part consists of three rectangles that contain biblical quotes and blessings for the bride and groom. The lower part contains the ketubah text. The outer frame consists of floral and vegetal motifs arranged in a symmetric, decorative pattern that is reminiscent of Persian carpets. Notice that the bride and groom have the same family name; presumably, they were cousins. There is an abundance of signatures at the bottom. Several are those of the witnesses, and in addition, the groom's signature as well as that of his father appears on the document.

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