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Hanukkah lamp

Hanukkah lamp

  • Place of origin:

    Poland (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Brass, cast and chased

  • Credit Line:

    Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

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.

Place of Origin

Poland (made)


ca.1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Brass, cast and chased


Height: 35 cm, Width: 30.5 cm

Historical context note

ex loan 4936

Descriptive line

Brass, Poland, ca.1800




Sand casting; Chasing


Judaism; Religion; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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