Tree of Wisdom
Art By Debra Band
This Ketubah was created to express the new couple’s love of the natural world, and the wisdom they find within it’s seasons. The dense bed of leaves shown in their spring, summer and autumn colors, alludes to the full life-cycle, and gives way to a dawn riverside landscape. In Jewish lore sources of flowing water, that substance most necessary to sustain life, are traditionally likened to Torah, whose wisdom is essential to the Jewish soul, and prophetic text frequently compare “a tree planted beside waters” to a flourishing person. This tree, whose leafy canopy stretches across the landscape and whose strong roots sink down into the papercut was inspired by the passage inscribed around the borders of the artwork, drawn from the small Talmudic tractate, Ethics of the Fathers, IV:22: To what may we compare the one whose deeds exceed his wise words? To a tree whose branches are few but whose roots are many, so that even if all the winds in the world come and blow upon it, it cannot be stirred from its place, as it is said, And they shall be like a tree planted by the waters and that spreads out its roots by the river and shall not perceive when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green, nor be troubled in the year of drought, not cease from yielding fruit. Materials used in the original artwork include gouache and papers of English, French, Thai and Japanese origin.
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.
Black, Burgundy, Green, Sky Blue
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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