Beneath the Fragrant Myrtle Branches
Art By Debra Band
As we stand with our beloved under the chuppah, emotion and sensations wash over us—our love, excitement and spiritual joy at beginning a new life together, the sights and sounds of the beloved family and friends standing close, the scent of the blossoms and leafy branches decorating the chuppah. Your ketubah celebrates all of these pleasures. The verses inscribed around the edge are part of a wedding poem composed by the famous eleventh century Spanish Jewish poet, philosopher (and coveted dinner guest), Judah Halevi: The bride and groom stand amid the scented myrtles Sending forth pure myrrh on every side. The myrtle craves their fragrance, And spreads its wings like an angel above them. The myrtle would cover their fragrance! But the couple’s spicy sweetness overwhelms its scent. The design surrounds your ketubah text with a whirl of imagery expressing the sensuality, joy and shared values of your marriage. The small painted cartouches express the sensual pleasure of married love. In biblical text and legend, roses speak of both physical beauty and humility, while the lily alludes to beauty and the sweetness of the Ten Commandments in the imperfect human world. Throughout Jewish lore, olive branches symbolize noble conduct. I hope that the new life inaugurated with your ketubah, under your own fragrant chuppah, is scented with each of these worldly and spiritual wonders.
Our paper ketubahs (papercut ketubahs included) are printed on cold press, acid free art paper, the standard in artistic reproductions. This paper is slightly textured and can be ordered with or without name printing.
Canvas ketubahs have a glossy look with texture and shine. The canvas can be framed behind glass or can be stretched by a framer. Our canvas ketubahs require name printing.
We offer the canvas stretching feature in house as well. When ordered this way, the ketubah is stretched by hand on a specially built frame in a style known as gallery wrap and comes ready to hang complete with a wire at the back.
Burgundy, Sage Green, Ultramarine
Paper, Canvas, Stretched Canvas
16" x 16", 20" x 20", 24" x 24"
Similar Types of Ketubahs
Today’s couples are looking to canvas for a Ketubah with a unique and striking fine art look. We are incredibly proud to offer our own exclusive line of Ketubah designs, produced in house and available on canvas. The canvas ketubahs have more texture and shine than ketubahs printed on paper and give off the look of an original oil painting!
Our giclée print ketubah collection offers the largest selection of limited-edition ketubahs available anywhere, so you can find a ketubah that will suit you, your wedding and your traditions. We work with couples and officiants from every Jewish denomination, and can incorporate the appropriate text to suit your wedding.
About the Artist
Debra Band holds an M.A. in political science from MIT, and a B.A. honors degree in history (with a minor is studio art). Her Ketubot and Judaic artwork draw on her love of Jewish tradition and learning. Her work is informed by her extensive study of Jewish texts and research into medieval European and Middle Eastern painting and manuscripts. Having lived in many places across North America, Debra now lives on the West Coast with her husband, sons and considerable menagerie.
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