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OBJECT OF THE MONTH – April 2008


Seder plate with an illustration of the song Chad Gadya

Seder plate with an illustration of the song Chad Gadya Seder plate, inv. no. 32.027
Etched brass, Palestine, first third of the 20th century, Bezalel workshops
diameter 403 mm

A two-layer etching technique was used for this plate, whose simple basic shape was produced by metal pressing. The theme of the decoration in the nine medallions around the perimiter is the story told by the song Chad Gadja, the actual text of which is featured in the central field. Usually appearing in manuscripts and books relating to the Pesach, this motif is not frequently used on Seder plates. This plate was made by Bezalel, a movement founded in Jerusalem in 1906 and strongly influenced by Symbolism and Art Nouveau, whose main aim was to create a distinct Jewish art form.
 
Chad Gadja (“One Little Goat”, or “One Kid”) is a well-known folk song in Aramaic which is traditionally sung at the end of the Pesach. Its text explains how Divine justice is manifested.
 

 


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