Micrography Ornamentation is the scribal practice of employing minuscule script to create abstract shapes or figurative designs, is an art form that has been used by Jews for over a millennium.
Micrography is a minute script woven either into geometric or abstract forms or into shapes of objects, animals, or human beings. It is a common feature of Jewish manuscript illumination and over the centuries it has become an artform in its own right. An excellent example is the microgram of the Song of Songs on view in this exhibit in which Hebrew characters are transformed into inherent components of the artistic composition. The ketubot on display also employ micrography in order to enhance the sanctity of the document by serving as a means of including biblical texts while at the same time contributing to the ketubah’s overall design and beauty.