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Hanukkah lamp - Hanukkah lamp

Hanukkah lamp

  • Object:

    Hanukkah lamp

  • Place of origin:

    Italy

  • Date:

    16th century

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Dr W.L. Hildburgh Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.417-1956

  • 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, together with eight sqaure nozzled lamps all cast in one, attached along the bottom by two pins. The back is cast and pierced with two couchant lions arranged on either side of spreading scrolls of foliage above which is an urn surmounted by a standing figure of Cupid; each lion has one forepaw raised and resting upon an orb.

Place of Origin

Italy

Date

16th century

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 16.5 cm, Width: 21.5 cm

Historical context note

ex Hildburgh loan 4940

Materials

Bronze

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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