Ketubbah – Marriage Contract, Leghorn, Italy, 1728


Written on a large piece of parchment, this marriage contracts features lavish decorations, dominated by an architectural motif combined with floral patterns framing the text. Additional figurative representations include biblical scenes, allegorical figures, the signs of the zodiac, the labors of months, and the emblematic depiction of Jerusalem in the center. As common in silver metalwork, images portraying the Temple implements are inserted by means of small medallions. The extensive use of Hebrew texts within the ornamentation indicates that the decoration was carried out under the close supervision of a Jewish patron.