Redemption of the First-Born Ceremony Plate


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The names of the owners in Hebrew [translated as “Katz”] appear above the date, translated to “in the year 1767.” The symbol of the two hands at the top shows that the owner was a descendent of the priestly class from the ancient Temple. The Hebrew verse around the plate's rim comes from a biblical verse in the Book of Isaiah 59:21. The drawing at the center depicts the biblical scene when Joab kills Absalom from 2 Samuel 18:9-14. The bull may be a reference to the zodiac sign for Taurus corresponding to the Hebrew month Iyar in which the owner of plate might have been born

Redemption of the First-Born Ceremony Plate, Pewter, German

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