Ketubot of the Sephardic Diaspora

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Dowry Inventory, Sidon, Lebanon, 1742

Thursday, 2 Adar II, 5502 (March 8, 1742)
On paper

Inventory of the dowry brought by the bride, Reina bat Solomon ibn Senior, to her groom, Solomon ben Hayyim Farhi. The lower register is framed by an architectural border with floral design in which the inventory of items is listed in detail. The text is written in a Sephardi cursive. The elaborate and ornamental signatures of the two witnesses at the bottom are typical of the Middle East and North Africa. Dowry lists that are separate from marriage contracts are quite rare. What makes this list even more outstanding is it place of origin (Lebanon) and its age.

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