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Indian kettuba (marriage contract), 1888, single sheet

A Ketubbah is a marriage contract traditionally given to a Jewish bride on her wedding day. It specifies the husband's financial obligations towards his wife, and its chief purpose is to protect her if the marriage breaks up. Early illuminated Ketubbot are known from the middle ages, but some of the most handsomely decorated examples were created from the 16th century onwards in Italy, in certain Sephardi communities, and in the Near and Far East. This single sheet Ketubbah was made in Calcutta in 1888. The illustrations of fish symbolise fertility.

Find out more about this manuscript and other sacred texts in Expressions of Faith.

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