Tuttleman Divine Light
Date 5767 (2007)
To say that this ketuba is different from many of the artist's others, is an understatement with elements so different from other ketubot specifically because of the wishes of the couple. First of all, the couple married for a second time and their ceremony was to be something very special.
If you look at the the picture of the ketuba on the right, you'll see a magnificent mountain-scape with Renaissance musicians at the bottom. The couple both play the flute and they were playing music from the Renaissance period at their wedding, so Norman decided to place the musicians at the base of the ketuba to contrast the mountains at the crown.
Also the bride grows her own orchids and the artist wished to represent this by placing the orchids around the flowing ribbons in the two side panels.
This ketuba is called the "Divine Light" ketuba as the couple, from La Jolla California, wished to have the mountains of La Jolla with some kind of "divine light" shining down over the landscape.
Another element the couple was hoping for was a representation of the Biblical guardian angels, so the artist logically had the divine light flowing from the angel. The names of the four traditional Biblical angels are inside the ribbons together with the names of their four children from the previous marriages.
The bottom panel shows a representation of the Tree of Life, incorporating Psalm 137. Golden apples for each of the children.
One of the flutists (left) and a detail of the ribbons (below).