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Seder Plate from Pre-Expulsion Spain

Seder Plate from Pre-Expulsion Spain

Seder Plate from Pre-Expulsion Spain

Ceramic lusterware

Diam: 57 cm

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Jewish Art and Life

This plate, the earliest known Seder plate in existence, belongs to a small group of Jewish ceremonial objects that survived the expulsion from Spain. The inscription in the center refers to the main components of the festival: pesah (Paschal lamb), matzah, maror (bitter herbs), and seder. The errors in the Hebrew inscription may be the result of its having been copied by a non-Jewish artist who was unfamiliar with Hebrew letters.

From the Israel Museum publications:

The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, USA, 2004, English

The Israel Museum, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2005

Zalmona, Yigal, ed., The Israel Museum at 40: Masterworks of Beauty and Sanctity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2005

3x50@50: IMJ Collection Highlights, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2015

Perugia, Gioia (ed.), Treasures of Jewish Art: The Jakob, Erna, and Charles Michael Legacy in the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2016, English


Highlights of the Judaica and Jewish Ethnography Collections Online, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2010

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by:
The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir