The Art of Matrimony: Thirty Splendid Marriage Contracts from The Jewish Theological Seminary Library
April 1, 2014 - June 15, 2014

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For more than two thousand years, the ketubbah (Hebrew כְּתוּבָּה:  marriage contract) has been an integral part of Jewish marriages. Ever since the second century, rabbinic authorities have attributed extreme importance to this marriage document which typically records the bridegroom’s obligations toward his bride in the event of death or divorce. Found in the homes of married Jews, whether wealthy or poor, scholar or layman, in the West or in the East, ketubbot provide a wealth of information concerning the artistic creativity, cultural interactions and social history of the Jewish communities in which they were created. This exhibition features ketubbot dating from the twelfth through the twenty-first centuries and that reflect the geographical diversity of Jewish settlement. Thirty ketubbot are from the world-renown collection of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.  We will also display a recent gift to the museum of a nineteenth-century Iranian ketubbah from the collection of the late Robert Shamansky.

The exhibition is supported by the Lenore Schottenstein and Community and Pauline and Raymond Jewish Arts Endowments of the Columbus Jewish  Foundation and the Friends of Jewish Art at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Join our online gallery of ketubbot by uploading a photo of your decorated marriage contract to Instagram and tag it #CMAketubbah.

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