Micrography, Israel

Micrography, 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. This intricate decorative technique was first practiced in Egypt and the Land of Israel in the tenth century.

Even after the decline of manuscript production in the sixteenth century, micrography continued to be used to decorateketubbot (marriage contracts) and wall hangings.