AUCTION 63 | Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Graphic and Ceremonial Art

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Lot 291


Marriage Contract. Uniting Eliyahu Meir, son of Moshe Yosef Bahur with Lulu, daughter of Moshe Avraham Haham Ovadiah HaLevi. Written in an attractively fluid, neat rabbinic script on paper. The upper portion comprises a florid blessing for the bridal couple, the subsequent text contains the marriage formula, financial and related obligations appear next, followed by the signatures of the parties and witnesses. Accomplished in ink, silver and gouache. 15 x 22 inches. Housed in original metal tube.

Calcutta: 17th Ellul 1921

Est: $10,000 - $12,000
This Kethubah represents the second marriage for the bride, who was previously married to Eliyahu, son of Ezra Yehezkel Sassoon in Faizabad, 1910 (see Kestenbaum Auction 62, lot 193). Most uncommon to locate a second Marriage Contract alongside an earlier marriage. Indeed the whole notion of a second marriage in India most especially, is uncommon. Moreover, the marriage was clearly consecrated not in any minimalist way, but given the elaborate style in which the Kethubah was composed and decorated - apparently amidst much celebration.