Seder Plate from Pre-Expulsion Spain

Unknownca. 1480

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel

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.

Credit: Gift of Jakob Michael, New York, in memory of his wife, Erna Sondheimer Michael


  • Title: Seder Plate from Pre-Expulsion Spain
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: ca. 1480
  • Location: Spain
  • Type: Plate
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Nahum Slapak
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Ceramic lusterware
  • Exhibition: Highlights of the Judaica and Jewish Ethnography Collections Online
  • Dimensions: Diam: 57 cm
  • Curator: Sarfati, Rachel

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