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Lot 94: Ketubah on Vellum - Gibraltar, 1794 - An Early Gibraltar Ketubah

Auction 53 - Rare and Important Items

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

15 November 2016

Jerusalem, Israel

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Description: Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Eliyahu son of Yehuda son of Mordechai Ibn Atar, with the bride Miriam daughter of Shmuel HaLevi daughter of Menachem HaLevi Ben Shushan. Gibraltar, 1794. Handwritten on vellum. The text of the ketubah is written in semi-cursive Sephardi script and is framed by an illustrated architectural frame topped with floral and vegetal patterns. Verses and blessings embellish the top of the ketubah and the inside of the frame. An additional outer frame with floral ornamentation. The ketubah is written according to the custom of the "expelled" [Jews expelled from Spain who arrived in Gibraltar] as written at the end of the ketubah: "The custom and stipulations and regulations according to the tradition…of the holy communities expelled from the Kingdom of Castille…". On the margins are the witnesses' signatures: "Shlomo Avraham" and "Yosef Konaki" with the groom's signature between them. Aprox. 38X45 cm. Good condition, stains and folding marks. Framed. Unexamined outside of frame. One of the earliest ketubot from Gibraltar (only three other ketubot from late 18th century are known).

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