The tradition of eating of apples dipped in honey is
a focal part of the feast of the Jewish New Year and
serves as one of the holiday’s most familiar symbols.
Apple Island is a unique dish for the presentation of
the apple and honey of the New Year.
The dish, which resembles a cross between a plate
and an upside-down bowl, is made of porcelain and is
perforated with 21 triangular holes. The object, which
at first glance can seem like a kind of mashrabiya
[lattice window screen] with an unclear purpose,
is revealed at further scrutiny to be an object with
distinct functions: the triangular holes spread across
the surface’s convex shape hold the slices of apple.
The depression around the circumference of the
convex surface is a circular riverbed of honey.
The apple, coming apart in slices, assumes the form
of a flower, while the honey surrounding it provides
the dish with the metaphorical context of an island.
The dish seeks to create the same presence that the
Seder plate gives to the Passover table.
As in the Passover feast, in which the Passover Seder
plate plays a central role, the tradition of eating apples
and honey receives the respect it is due through its
presentation on a specific dish suited to the occasion.
The dish itself becomes an object that symbolizes
the holiday, creating a focal point for the festive table
and defining its identity.
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