Purim plate
Germany 1780
Brass and other metals; diam: 24.5 cm
Artist: Azriel ben Zisel Katz

Engraved pewter plates were a feature of Jewish life in Germany for Purim and Passover. Usually, older plates were purchased in the markets and then engraved with images relating to each of the holidays. In some cases they were signed with the name of the artist or owner and dated, as in the present example. Such Purim plates were used for the custom of mishloach manot -- the sending of gifts to friends and neighbors.

On the inner rim are engraved the names of the ten sons of Haman. Depicted on the plate are the images of Haman's sons being hanged, and Mordechai on the horse, led by Haman when being honored by the king.

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