Adath Israel
 

Title

Bench-style Hanukkah lamp

Creator

Wes ID #

cai015

CAI ID #

2014.S.267.16

Original Inventory #

91

Dimensions

20.3 x 14.9 x 6.4 cm (8 x 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in)

General Description

There is a lamp of a nearly identical cast from Tunis in the Jewish Museum (Museum Number F 3753). Unlike the object in the Jewish Museum, this lamp is enameled, has ridges, and has a curled, and has a curled wire at the bottom. Hanukkah lamps from North African origin are sometimes enameled and frequently have ridges on the backplates. But there appear to be few, if any, examples of similar lamps with the curled wire. As a result, it is possible the wire was added on later. Still, the lamp appears to come from North Africa.

Description of materials

Copper Alloy: cast and engraved

Time period

Late 19th century or early 20th century

Place of origin

North Africa

Provenance

Presented in memory of Arthur Goldstein by friends and family.

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT

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