Adath Israel
 

Title

Sephardic Menorah

Creator

Wes ID #

cai007

Original Inventory #

241

Dimensions

30.5 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm (12 x 5 x 5 in.)

General Description

Most rabbinic authorities did not approve of circular Hanukkah lamps (Magnes Collection, Accession number 2003.5 a–b). However, Hanukkah lamps were occasionally adapted from secular objects, some of which were round. It is possible that this lamp—the Magnes Collection has an almost identical lamp—began as a secular object but was adapted into a Hanukkah lamp.

Description of materials

Copper Alloy: cast, possibly partly glit

Time period

19th or 20th century

Place of origin

North Africa

Provenance

Given in honor of the 60th anniversary of Maurice & Ruth Schwarz by friends

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT

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