Ketubot from Italy

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Finale Emilia, Italy, 1844

Bride: Elisheva called Isabella bat Mikhael Azariyah Hayim Foah
Groom: Avraham Shemuel bar Barukh called Refael Hayim Pesah
Friday, 13 Sivan 5604 (May 31, 1844)
On vellum

The document has a scalloped top in which are the images of the three crowns of Torah, priesthood and kingship, but above them is the crown that is considered the best of them all, the crown of a good name. Along the entire rim of the outer border is a poem in Hebrew in honor of the bride and groom. The border of the text contains two images of columns.  They represent the two columns of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem called Yakhin and Boaz. The text is written in Italian square characters.  Though the ketubah does not have any color decorations, it is magnificent in its calligraphy and design.

A full size, readable image of this Ketubah is available by following this link to the Beinecke's Digital Image Collection

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