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A Millennium Platter for the Old Block House: The Potential Interplay of Faith and Material Culture

Author(s): Katherine Cleek

Year: 2014

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Summary

Portions of a Ralph Stevenson and Sons Millennium pattern platter were recently identified in archaeological collections from the home of the Jewish mercantile family of Abraham and Fanny Block (3HE236-19) in Washington, Arkansas. This platter illustrates and cites the Old Testament, Isaiah Chapter 11, verse 6, showing predators and prey dwelling peacefully together, but also has a vignette of a man kneeling in prayer, and a quote from the Christian prayer, the Our Father. While it is unknown how the Block family viewed this platter, it provides hints as to how the Block’s may have negotiated their Jewish faith within their largely Christian community.


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A Millennium Platter for the Old Block House: The Potential Interplay of Faith and Material Culture. Katherine Cleek. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436722)


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PaperId(s): SYM-14,20

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America