This Ketubah heralds a guava pink linen, metallic gold bordered Chamsa which floats upon a sea of water colour washed layers. These expand over its surface, and echo softly into one another like waves playing upon the surface of water. This colour palette, selected in tandem with the couple is modern and contemporary, yet sophisticated and timeless.
The couples’ initials pair to become “חי” meaning Life (as is the groom’s name), whilst the translation of the brides’ hebrew name, ״יונה״ – inspired the inclusion of two metallic gold painted doves which fly together, symbolic of these two souls in shared passage through life.
This colour palette draws upon, and from, the deep hues of aquas, turquoises, emeralds and sea greens. This elegant symphony is painted into the carefully considered and crafted gradient of colours in the background- furthering a palette that is fresh and serene – like water.
Upon this background floats a guava linen Chamsa which envelops and houses the text, foreshadowing the home that will be created through the union of these two souls – becoming into being. The watercolour stained linen interior of the Chamsa is a soft and muted contrast to the blues and greens that sweep throughout the background. The Chamsa itself, meaning five – signifies the five digits / fingers of the Chamsa hand, the five books of the Torah as well as the fifth letter of the Hebrew Alphabet “ה” (one of HaShem’s holy names).
The hand painted metallic gold detailing of the initials, the Ani Ledodi and the artistically brushed textural Chamsa Border radiate with a shimmering fire, sparkling under the sun. This iridescent property contributes to the magic and dynamism of the composition.
The hymn “אני לדודי ודודי לי – I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine” (Song of Songs – Shir HaShirim 6:3), a romantic declaration between husband and wife written by King Solomon, wraps around the initials of the couple to create a dome – another reference to the home they will together co-create and forge.
This psalm evokes the intrinsic commitment, care and responsibility mutually undertaken by husband and wife in their journey through life and beyond.
Pictured, the bride and groom holding their Ketubah following the wedding ceremony with the artist.