Early 20th Century Eastern European Paper Cut Ketubah, Jewish Marriage Contract
An Eastern European Kethubah Strikingly Decorated in Papercut Form, and with the Central Traditional Hebrew Text of a Most Uncommon Petite Appearance. Uniting Yechezkel son of Shlomo with Peril daughter of Aharon. Manuscript in Hebrew composed in square script on paper. Signed by the Shochet and Cantor, Shmuel Aryeh b. Dovber and the Maggid, Hillel Ornisky. The Hebrew text at center, although prominently set, is composed within an unusually petite panel. Surrounded by elaborate papercut, featuring a Menorah below and crown above, amidst a multitude of animals and curling foliage, all painted in multiple colors. Traditional Hebrew texts above. The whole set against red cotton backing and housed within elaborate wooden frame. ‘Krol Erman’: 16th Tammuz 1907 The location in which this striking Kethubah was composed is possibly the town, where from 1925, R. Yoel Teitelbaum (later of Satmar), presided as Rabbi. It is located in northwestern Romania, near the border with Hungary and is pronounced Krula (in Yiddish), Nagykároly (in Hungarian) and Carei (in Romanian).