A gift for the Bride & Groom. Artist: Avraham Schiff. Laser Paper-cut
Size: 17" X 11.8" / 43 X 30 cm
This paper-cut being designed as a gift fot the newly-wed couple, it exhibits verses and pictorial elements praising marital bliss.
Its heading is typical of a Ketuba ( marriage contract) or a wedding invitation: Best of luck.
At the bottom we read the verse from Proverbs 18 22: "Whose finds a wife finds a good thing."
The upper corners each display a bunch of grapes, illustrating the saying from the Talmud (Pesachim 49 1) describing a good match: "Grapes to grapes is a becoming and appropriate thing".
In the lower corners a rose and a apple, evoke the beloved and his loved one from the Song of Songs: "As the lily (rose) among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons" ( 2 2-3).
Jerusalem is portrayed in the centre against a background of verses of consolation from Jeremiah: "Again there shall be heard in this place... in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem... The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride" (Jer.32 10 11).
The mention of Jerusalem in the wedding ceremony follows Jewish tradition.The candelabrum, symbol of wisdom, hints at the verse in Proverbs 14 1: "Every wise woman bilds her house". It stands to reason that the establishment of the common nest assumes wisdom and understanding.
The side ornaments mingle with wishes from the last nuptial blessings: joy, exultation, delight, gladness, love, brotherhood, peace and friendship.
The hen and rooster allude to an ancient tradition... these fowls were led in front of bride and groom with the blessing: "Be fruitful and multiply" (Gittin 55 2, 57 1). And of course - a pair of doves, symbolizing a life of purity, trust and harmony.
Avraham Schiff, born in Israel in 1964 is a graduate of the External Study Program of the Technion (Tel Aviv Branch) in Graphic Design. He has been designing and cutting Jewish paper-cuts in neo-classical style for the past 18 years. As a Talmudic scholar (P.H.D. Bar-Ilan University, 2002) and teacher of Judaic subjects he is uniquely qualified and indeed does incorporate in his art works verses sayings and motifs from the Bible Talmudic Literature and the Midrash.