Auction No. 098

Holy books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical & Admors letters, Americana & Judiaca

March 27, 2017
Opening $ 8,000
Estimate $ 15,000 - $ 18,000

An illustrated Ketubah written for the bridegroom: Yedidya son of the honored sage Yehuda Siena, the bride: Bayla Fiyori daughter of the honored Ya'akov of Tivoli. The witnesses: Rabbi Shmuel Yehuda son of Rabbi Gavriel of Castro and Rabbi Aharon son of Rabbi Chananya of Porto.

Specifications: Ink on parchment. 86x51 cm. Scribal handwriting and colored illustrations. 

Content: A rectangular sheet with a domed sleeve at the bottom. Written on Wednesday the tenth day of Adar II 5548 [19 March 1788].  A square border with colored illustrations surrounds: Two large vases containing flowers, a flower pot, ribbons, and birds. In the upper right hand corner is a depiction of Moshe and Aharon drawing water from the rock, and opposite it in the upper left corner is a drawing (blurred) which seems to be the splitting of the Red Sea. Underneath the border, a pair of Cornucopia, between which is an alter with fire burning on it , on which are two figures (apparently a man and a woman), one of them holding a stick.

Unique Features: The illustrations of the exodus from Egypt which appear on the Ketubah are not typical of Italian Ketubot from this period.

Condition: Fine. A few perforations and slight water damage, mainly in the upper section, slight lack in the upper left hand corner, the ink is slightly faded.  

Marriage contracts