Cycles of Life Papercut
Art By Enya Keshet
The Tree of all seasons represents the cycle of the years, always repeating, but each year finds you in a new, better place in your life; The deer, as in the Song of Songs, stands for the beloveds, and the general shape of the ketubah comes from traditional Judaic art , especially 17th Century Italian ketubahs. Top arch verses: “As a lily among the thorns, so is my darling among the maidens. Like an Apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the youth”, Song of Songs 2:2-3. Bottom panel: “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine”. Song of Songs, 6:3
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.
17" x 21.5"
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Papercutting has been a traditional Jewish art form for Ketubah decoration since the Middle Ages. Thanks to advances in artisanal laser cutting in the late 20th century, these exquisite pieces of fine art are now within everyone’s budget. Papercut Ketubahs are lovingly produced, one at a time, to archival standards.
About the Artist
Enya Keshet was born in Pardes Hanna, Israel. As a young woman she moved to Jerusalem, where she studied at the Hebrew University and at Bezalel Academy of Art. Her friendship with a traditional scribe (sofer) led her to the idea of combining the art of paper cutting with the calligraphy of Megillot (scrolls). Her artwork has evolved extensively from this beginning. In 1994 she moved back to her hometown of Pardes Hanna, where her studio is today. A significant part of Enya’s work is in the style of the Lisbon manuscript workshop, which flourished at the end of the fifteenth century, a workshop which produced the famous Lisbon Bible and many other illuminated manuscripts currently in the collections of major museums in London, Paris, and New York.
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