The Lisbon Bible, created in the Lisbon Artistic Manuscript Workshop of the 15th Century, embodies the culmination of the art and the skills of Jewish manuscript making in the previous 200 years, in Italy, Spain and Portugal. The workshop was destroyed and its artists expelled by the Spanish inquisition, and their art was never continued. Appointing myself an apprentice under the masters of the lost workshop, I try to continue their work. This ketubah follows the design of a famous Lisbon Bible page, with the characteristic use of calligraphic borders in small and in large letters, and with the page layout, intricate borders and the filigree of stylized imaginary floral elements. All this is presented here in the Retro style Letterpress print, with separate zinc plates etched for each print color, and the print pressed deep into the paper, creating a 3D effect. This ketubah connects you to the roots of Jewish art, embracing tradition and tying it to the essential document of your marriage. The verses in the small print are from the Song of Songs, 4:10, and 4:12-15. The verses in the large print are from the Song of Songs, 6:3, 2:2-3 and 8:6-7 Note: The text in the design is not printed by letterpress.
If your wedding has to be postponed or rearranged due to the corona virus, do not worry. At Ketubah.com we can reprint your ketubah free of charge with revised dates.
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.
Find the Right Text
Every ketubah needs a text. First narrow down the category depending on the type of ceremony you will be having (eg. Orthodox, Conservative….) and consult with your officiant to ensure it is appropriate for your ceremony. You'll then be able to choose from multiple texts in each category to find the perfect one for you.
Text and Name Printing
We offer different options regarding how you would like your text to be set up. While the majority of couples order their ketubah with printed text and names for a seamless look to the text, many others would like to write in their names, date and location information by hand with a pen. For those that want to write their own text we also offer a custom text option in addition to the option of having their custom text translated into Hebrew as well.
Standard text printed, names to be handwritten
When selecting this option you will receive your ketubah with text that has blank spaces for hand written information. You will need to write in the names, date and location within the printed text prior to the wedding.
Standard text and names printed
When selecting this option you will receive your ketubah with all of your personalization information filled in- no blanks spaces will appear in the text. The ketubah will still have lines for the witnesses to sign at the wedding. After placing your order you will receive a form to fill in with all the necessary information so that we can create a proof for your review and approval before the ketubah is created.
Compose your own text for us to print
If you prefer to compose your own text for your ketubah you can choose the custom text option. The names of the couple, wedding date and location will all be filled in for you when selecting this option. Once you place your order, you can email us your text in a word document so that we can create a proof for your review and approval before your ketubah is created.
Compose your own text for us to translate and print
If you are providing a custom text that you wrote and want it translated into Hebrew we offer a translation service. After placing your order you can email us your custom English text, and we send it to a third party translator. Your ketubah text would then be both Hebrew and English. We will create a proof for your review and approval before your ketubah is created.
Small - 14" x 17.5"
This design is printed on a traditional letterpress printing press.
Letterpress was originally created around 1440. Attempting to print flat on paper, printers stumbled upon the unique effect of letterpress and embossing. This error became the most beautiful and valued feature of letterpress, which made it desirable. It sadly went out of style in the 80's and 90's due to computer technology, but couples have returned to this classic detailing for their most special and personal keepsake prints.
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.