Not currently on display at the V&A

Hanukkah Lamp

ca.1800 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. It celebrates the victory of Judas Maccabeus over the Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 165 BC. This winter festival lasts eight days and an extra flame is lit for each night of the festival.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 14 parts.

  • Hanukkah Lamp
  • Hannukah Lamp
  • Hanukah Lamp
  • Hanukah Lamp
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Materials and techniques
Brass, cast and chased
Brief description
Brass, Poland, ca.1800
Physical description
Brass Hanukkah lamp, cast and with cut-out work. The backplate is shaped like a synagogue (or house) with a gallery or balcony backed by a Moorish arcade. Above the balcony is a roof with a gable windows and two stylised birds (peacocks?) acting as supporters to a vase which could also act as a suspension ring. Each side panel has two feet, and is formed in the shape of a lion rampant with a candle socket and grease pan screwed to the end of its tail, to act as a shammash (servitor light) or Sabbath candle holder. The small frontplate is pierced with a fretted pattern through which protrude the nozzels of the eight lamps. The plates are held together with pins or with wing-nuts and bolts.
Dimensions
  • Height: 35cm
  • Width: 30.5cm
Credit line
Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest
Historical context
ex loan 4936
Summary
Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights. It celebrates the victory of Judas Maccabeus over the Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 165 BC. This winter festival lasts eight days and an extra flame is lit for each night of the festival.
Collection
Accession number
M.413:1-1956

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Record createdDecember 18, 2002
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