This wedding poem marks the wedding of Simhah, daughter of Ben Shevii Dell’Aquila and Joshua Hay, son of Jedidiah Monselice, which took place in Livorno on Wednesday, 8 March 1780. Wedding poetry was very popular in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Italy, but most poems were written or printed on parchment or paper. This one was printed on luxurious silk, undoubtedly for the wedded couple. It is not unlikely that certain guests will have received the same poem printed on paper or parchment, but for this poem that is not documented.
Wedding poem, printed on silk by Abraham Isaac Castello and Eliezer Saadun, Livorno, 1780.
Braginsky Collection 352