Brass and other metals; pewter, cast, engraved
One of the most prominent items on the Passover table is the seder
plate. Decorative seder plates were crafted from varied materials.
In Central Europe, particularly Germany, the pewter plate was common as
it was much less expensive than silver (which only by the wealthiest of
families could afford). Older pewter plates were usually purchased in
the market and then engraved with the appropriate Passover inscriptions
and imagery. The center of this example depicts the Four Sons from the
haggadah, as well as the pascal lamb at the bottom. The Hebrew
inscription around the rim records the words indicating the various ritual
actions performed during the seder.
D. 38 cm