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Obj. ID: 859
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  Hanukkah lamp, Poland, 19th century

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 3.11.91

The back-walled Hanukah lamp is made of silver and consists of a row of eight oil containers, a back wall and side walls, a roof and legs. A row of eight spouted pitcher-shaped oil containers is set in an semicircular array on a straight base. The base is surrounded by a balustrade with filigree decoration and rests on six curved legs. The pitchers are flanked on both sides by a filigree pillar supported on a square base. The pillar's square capital is surrounded by a balustrade and is surmounted by a globular apex. An arched roof decorated with a An arched roof decorated with a wavy pattern is supported by the pillars. A curved arm is raised from each pilaster bearing a flower shaped apex which is surmounted by a pitcher. The arched back wall consists of filigree fastened to a brass back-plate. The filigree decoration bears in the lower part a frieze of scroll patterns which is surmounted by a band of twisted pattern. The upper part of the back wall is decorated in its center with a flower surrounded by a leaf shaped frame which is flanked on both sides by three leaves, all of which emerge from a small semicircular plaque. On the central top of the back wall is a cast vase with flowers. The fixed triangular side walls are decorated in filigree with foliate motifs.

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Object Detail
Date
18??
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Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Poland
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Unknown
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Period
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Period Detail
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Material/Technique
Material Stucture
Silver, brass plaque
Material Decoration
filigree, cast
Material Bonding
screwed, soldered
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
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Construction material
Measurements
Height
202 mm (overall), 189 mm (back wall), 135mm (side wall)
Length
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270 mm (base), 212 mm (back wall), 55mm (side wall)
Depth
90 mm
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Extant
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Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
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Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
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Blank Leaves
Direction/Location
Façade (main)
Endivances
Location of Torah Ark
Location of Apse
Location of Niche
Location of Reader's Desk
Location of Platform
Temp: Architecture Axis
Arrangement of Seats
Location of Women's Section
Direction Prayer
Direction Toward Jerusalem
Coin
Coin Series
Coin Ruler
Coin Year
Denomination
Signature
Colophon
Scribal Notes
Watermark
Hallmark
One hallmark on the oil containers. The hallmark depicts a woman's head covered by a kerchief, facing leftward within a round medallion. This mark is of the main assay office of Poland, and is an additional mark for secondary parts of objects. cf. Lileyko, 1979, p.101.
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Summary and Remarks
The Hanukah Lamp is known as the "Baal Shem Tov" type.
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Bibliography
CF J-M, Isr. Mus., #118\364. The alleged Baal Shem Tov Lamp, attributed to Ukraine, 18C. in an unpublished letter by I. Pnini at Isr. Mus. #118\ CF Narkiss, M., Hanukah, 1939, #116. See also I.J.A 556CF Gutfeld, Jewish Art, 1968, p. 93, "Poland 18-19C.". CF Parke-Bernet Sale, June 9, 1971, #90. CF Roth, Jewish Art, 1971, pl. 22 (Isr. Mus. 118\364) "Ukrain 18C.". CF Netivot, Comm. Centre, Hanukiot,
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