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Hanukkah lamp - Hanukkah lamp

Hanukkah lamp

  • Object:

    Hanukkah lamp

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    gilt bronze

  • 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

Consisting of a backplate and an eight nozelled lamp all cast in one, attached along the bottom by pins. The backplate has been cast and pierced with two grotesque long necked female forms issuing from scrolling foliage and flanking a cartouche bearing a coat-of-arms. Below is a faun mask; above two amorini support a Cardinal's hat over the arms. There is a suspension ring at the top. The coat-of-arms is that of Jacopo Synessino, created Cardinal in 1604, impaling those of Pope Clement V111 (Ippolito Aldobrandini) The coat-of-arms, however, has been reversed in casting.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)


17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

gilt bronze


Height: 20 cm, Width: 22.5 cm

Descriptive line

Hanukkah lamp, gilt bronze, Italy, 1600-1700.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Keen, Michael.Jewish Ritual Art in the Victoria and Albert Museum
London: HMSO, 1991.42, ill.ISBN 0112904491


Gilt Bronze


Judaism; Metalwork; Religion


Metalwork Collection

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