Ketubbot (marriage contracts) produced in the Near East are strongly influenced by Islamic art in their lack of figurative decoration. Persia was the most important center of ketubbah illumination in the Islamic world. A popular symbol of Persia, the motif of the lions in front of the rising sun featured on this ketubbah reflects the national pride of the Jews of Isfahan, who believed they were the oldest Jewish community in the country.

Bride: Rivka, daughter of David
Groom: Abba, son of Asher
Witnesses: Yitzhak son of Yaakov, Yeshu’a son of Shmuel, and Rahamin Binyamin


  • Title: Marriage Contract
  • Creator: Unknown Artist/Maker
  • Date Created: 1818
  • Location: Isfahan, Iran, Asia
  • Physical Dimensions: 39 1/2 × 35 in. (100.3 × 88.9 cm)
  • Type: Ceremonial Art
  • Rights: https://thejewishmuseum.org/about-this-site#terms-conditions
  • External Link: View this object at thejewishmuseum.org
  • Medium: Ink, watercolor, and gold paint on paper

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