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The multilayered papercut "Jerusalem Ketubah" was commissioned in 1998 by The Jewish Theological Seminary, New York for their permanent collection and was completed in the same year. The ketubah is so called because of the inspiration that Jerusalem artist Archie Granot receives from the city where he has made his home. The work has 14 layers of paper t and the cut area measures 49cm x 49cm (19.3" x 19.3")

The calligraphic ketubah text at the center of the work is the text traditionally used in Jerusalem and the shape of the surrounding design was inspired by the depiction in the Madaba mosaic map of the River Jordan and Dead Sea. The whole work is encapsulated by two contemporary Hebrew poems that so clearly place the Holy City at the center of the World. They read:

"Jerusalem is the starlite observatory to the world to come; the heavenly opening to Heaven." "Jerusalem has captured my unfettered soul; I have drowned in its light; I have forgotten my name. Its depth has entrapped my jubilant soul; I have drowned in shades of emerald darkness. Its secret has subjugated my living soul; I have drowned in its enormity."
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