Adath Israel


Chanukah Oil Light


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15.2 x 25.1 x 15.2 cm (6 x 9 7/8 x 6 in)

General Description

This lamp has several motifs characteristic broadly of 19th or 20th century Central or East European lamps: lions flanking the decologue, the inclusion of the Star of David, and a royal crown placed on the top of the object. Lions flanking the decaloge largely emerged as a motif in the latter parts of the 19th century. The Star of David was also late to arrive to Jewish art, taking a prominent role in Judaica imagery only during the 19th and 20th centuries. As such, it seems likely that the object comes from the 19th or 20th centuries. On these facts alone, a late 19th or early 20th century provenance seems likely. However, pewter was largely used in German objects during the 18th and 19th centuries, with much of its use ending in the 19th century. This paints a complicated picture in terms of time period. But it is a period that seems constricted to the 19th century or early 20th century—the 18th century seems improbable. The lion-shaped oil lamps suggest that the piece comes from Germany.

Description of materials

Silver and Pewter

Time period

19th century or early 20th century

Place of origin



Presented in honor of the 50th anniversary of Nathan Shapiro by his sisters and their husbands

Holding Institution

Adath Israel Museum, Middletown, CT


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