Seven Days You Shall Eat Unleavened Bread,
You Shall Remove Leaven From Your Houses
from the series:
An Orange Belongs on the Seder Plate
The window frame and window panes are constructed from vintage steel dollhouses. Within each window pane is a Hebrew work that corresponds to a symbolic food from the Seder service.
Plexiglas panes in each window make this seder plate fully functional.
Seder is the first night of Passover starting at sundown. Family and friends are invited to celebrate this joyous holiday. The Haggadah narratives the journey, or exodus of the Jewish people for 40 years.
Images on my Seder plate are all symbolic of stories or elements from the Seder service
On the right side panel is a cup for Elijah and a Mirriam's cup.
© Harriet Estel Berman 2005
23.75" length x 13.75" width x 2.5" depth
This sculpture is available for purchase or exhibition.
Retail Price: $12,400
The framework of this seder plate represents the frame of a window
Fabricated from steel dollhouses, the Seder plate represents the home as the location of the seder. Looking through the window from the outside, the table is set. Invite a stranger to eat with friends and family.
The framework of the window separates the symbolic foods.
Traditionally, the Seder plates outlines five symbolic foods: the lamb shank bone, parsley, roasted egg, horseradish root, and haroses.
The orange is a recent addition to the Seder Plate. The story goes that during a heated discussion about whether women should be ordained as rabbis, a heckler called out that a women belongs on the Bimah (the pulpit) as much as an orange belongs on a Seder plate.
Since then an orange is placed on the Seder plate as a statement about women's participation (as well as gay and lesbian leadership) in Judaism. Tradition and observance unite to celebrate this festive occasion.
In this image you can see the Hebrew word for eggs. A roasted egg is placed on the Seder plate.
The tree and hands on the right were taken from a Jewish National Fund tin tzedakah box.
The waves at the bottom of the Seder plate (one wave on each side) represent the parting of the Red Sea so the Jewish people could miraculously escape the Pharaoh's army.
The bottom of this Seder plate is only visible if you own the Seder Plate or look on this web site. The images are a collage of images from recycled tin cans inspired by the Seder service.
Look for the images of a book and holiday candles.