Rare Seder Plate Returned to Israel Museum

YERUSHALAYIM -

A Pesach seder plate from the early 1800s has been returned to the Israel Museum after having gone missing for half a century, The Jerusalem Post reported on Wednesday.

The rare item was discovered at the Yad Ben Zvi Institute in Yerushalayim by an Israel Museum staff member during a workshop, the museum said. Positive identification was made by an identification code.

No definite explanation could be given for the plate’s disappearance, but it was thought that the museum may have lent it to Ben Zvi, Israel’s second President for whom the institute is named, for display in the 1950s, a press release said.

A special tour of the Israel Museum’s Passover collection was held Sunday, and other special events for the holiday are scheduled.

The antiques on display come from across the Diaspora. Represented are Libya, Poland, Spain, Bohemia, Morocco, Germany, Egypt, Austria and the Netherlands.