Adath Israel
 

Title

Hanukkah Lamp for Travel

Creator

Wes ID #

cai040

CAI ID #

2011.S.267.10

Original Inventory #

75

Dimensions

8.9 x 6.5 x 1.6 cm (3 1/2 x 2 9/16 x 5/8 in)

General Description

On its cover, this object has motifs that suggest Eastern European origin: symmetrically facing deer, floral imagery, and a seven-branched menorah. These motifs appear on many Hanukkah lamps from the 19th century. Hanukkah lamps are not only designed in bench or branch forms: they occasionally take the form of eight chairs (Germany) or eight cups (Iran, Afghanistan, or Central Asia). However, there are no noted examples of travel designs for Hanukkah lamps in the 19th century. It is possible instead that this object comes from the 20th century, when many new forms were born. Some of these came about for purely artistic reasons, while others were created out of practical reasons, such as the need to create a small lamp that could be carried during a war.

Description of materials

Copper Alloy: soldered, chased, nielloed, engraved, and silver-plated

Time period

19th or 20th century

Place of origin

Eastern Europe

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT

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