The Mantua Ketubah
Mantua - This ketubah is based on an Italian design from the city of Mantua, Italy in the year 1824. It was common for the text of the ketubah to have a rectangular contour which was quietly ornamented. The chief ornaments here are posies of flowers. The top of the text is decorated with ribbons surrounding a shield which typically quoted phrases from the Bible. In this modern adaptation, the shield surrounds the commonly used expression of Chai. This ketubah uses the symmetrical undulating lines of the vines that was so common in nineteenth century Italy.