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This old world Seder Tray depicts the journey of the exodus from Egypt, using hundreds of tiny inlaid materials. The meticulous inlaid scenes of the Passover Tray gradually change color from dark to light as a metaphor for liberation. In this age of technology it is hard to find contemporary pieces that involve the amount of labor devoted to the creation of the Gruss Passover Tray. These increasingly rare and beautiful ceremonial objects are of particular interest to collectors of Judaica, who should contact us for further information.
A mix of figures from different periods of Jewish history is portrayed by hand cut colorful woods, gems, metals and shells. In this panel a survivor crosses the Jordan River on his way to Jerusalem.
PASSOVER SEDER PLATE
The first scene of the Passover Tray depicts the night, made of a dark shell, the Exodus from Egypt began. On the opposite panel, their arrival to Jerusalem forty years later is represented under a sunny abalone shell sky. This metaphor relates to darkness as slavery and light as freedom. The six sides are six scenes
PASSOVER PLATE FIRST SCENE
Next to Moses stands a contemporary man carrying a suitcase while holding a young child on his shoulders. In the background a crowd is seen leaving the pyramids behind. The valise symbolizes the never ending journey of the Jewish people throughout the millennia.
PASSOVER TRAY EGYPTIAN ARMY SINKING - Second Scene
Colorful pieces of abalone shell are joined in a puzzle creating the Red Sea ocean waves. A couple of silver and brass horses pull on the Egyptian spear man's military carriage. The Gruss Passover Tray is made of hundreds of small components, different materials are carefully selected to be
THE HIGH PRIEST IN THE GRUSS PASSOVER TRAY - Third Scene
Barefoot men dressed in ivory recycled from vintage piano keys carry the Holy Ark, made exactly as described in the old scriptures. The High Priest dressed in blue and argeman wears twelve tiny gem stones on his chest. The story of Passover is told through Lorelei and Alex's inlays as if you were part of the Exodus taking shots on your phone and posting them to social media.
PASSOVER TRAY DETAIL - Fourth Scene
In one of the Seder Tray panels, the biblical figure's hair is made of ebony, his clothes from purple heart wood and his hands and face from mahogany. The character is holding a vessel made of copper fetching mother of pearl water pouring out of a rock.
PASSOVER SEDER TRAY CLOSE UP - Fifth Scene
Two beautiful ladies, their skirts are made of ebony and silver, their tops of abalone shell and mother of pearl. The child is also made of shell. At the panel's front a figure from a different era mixes in the crowd.
PASSOVER PLATE DETAIL - Sixth Scene
Each inlaid panel is a miniature. Cutting the tiny pieces that make this composition is painstaking. Diminutive beards, faces and hands are cut creating each character's component. To further understand the depth of this work it is important to pay attention to the mixing of time; a family coming from the Shteitel offered a ride to a biblical figure on their way to the golden city of Jerusalem.
PASSOVER TRAY DOORS OPENED
This magnificent collectible piece is made of ebonized wood and purple heart. The six containers at the top are made of silver and glass. The first and last panels of the three tiered Seder Plate are doors, revealing shelves for placing the Shmure Matzahs when opened.