This Indian ketubbah is characterized by motifs that were brought to India by Baghdadi Jews from Iraq. The formulaic texts in two adjacent fields, for instance, resemble Islamic prayer niches. Below that is written the content of the contract, which attests that Salih, son of Ezekiel Moses, wed Rebecca, daughter of Benjamin Elijah Jacob, who brought a dowry of 3,195 rupees in gold and silver jewelry, clothing and bed linen. Together with the groom's supplement, the total sum reportedly reached 5,555 rupees. In the borders, flowers and birds alternate, and at the top two tigers hold a medallion with an inscription. Two fish facing each other symbolize happiness and fertility for the bridal couple. A small third fish between them probably refers to the hoped-for progeny.
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