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OBJECT OF THE MONTH – April 2005


Seder Plate (at Klausen Synagogue)

An essential part of the seder supper, the seder plate or bowl is used to hold the symbolic foods that recall the historical event of the Pesach or Passover. In its traditional form, it comprises labelled or sculpted compartments for each symbolic food, together with an inscription that determines the order of the seder meal. This plate, in that sense, differs.
Although traditional in shape, with spaces for each food, its decoration is purely decorative and it contains no information on the way it is supposed to be used. It was designed by the porcelain painter Josefa Vatera and made in a Viennese porcelain factory in about 1900.

 

 

 


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