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Obj. ID: 4354
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  Hanukkah lamp, Poland, 19th century

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 4.1994

The brass free-standing back-walled Hanukah lamp consists of eight oil containers, a parapet, back, and sidewalls.

Eight triangular spouted oil containers are fastened to the back wall and enclosed behind a rectangular parapet, which consists of seven oval openings in diamond-shaped frames. There are circles in between the ovals, surmounted by small palmettos. 

The back wall resembles a facade of a building. In the center of the wall, there is an arched doorway flanked by two pilasters (missed) and by two arched windows, which are slightly higher than the door. The back wall bears a brick design. There is an oval window above the door. The missing pilasters “supported” a balcony decorated by dots. The balcony is surmounted by an arcade of eight horseshoe arches (to central are united), which supports a slanted roof. The roof is decorated with vertical lines, a wavy rim and two “chimneys” on top.

The roof is surmounted by two birds facing outwards, connected to two birds facing in and forming a heart shape with their heads. The heart is topped by a palmetto.

The sidewalls of the lamp consist, each, of a rampant lion, climbing on a tree and facing outward, while holding with its tale a vase-shaped candle socket with a saucer.

For similar or identical Hanukkah lamps see CJA objects 278032354218830188291362343542832241822452105185518541062

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Name/Title
Hanukkah lamp | Unknown
Object Detail
Date
19th century
Synagogue active dates
Reconstruction dates
Artist/ Maker
Unknown (Unknown)
Origin
Historical Origin
Unknown
Community type
Unknown |
Congregation
Unknown
Location
Unknown |
Site
Unknown
School/Style
Unknown|
Period
Unknown
Period Detail
Collection
Material/Technique
Brass
Material Stucture
cast
Material Decoration
punched, engraved
Material Bonding
screwed, insertion
Material Inscription
Material Additions
Material Cloth
Material Lining
Tesserae Arrangement
Density
Colors
Construction material
Measurements
Height
335 mm (overall)
Length
Width
205 mm (back wall), 80mm (sidewall)
Depth
Circumference
Thickness
Diameter
Weight
Axis
Panel Measurements
Condition
Judging by the holes on either side of the door on the back wall, it seems like two pillars are missing
Extant
Documented by CJA
Surveyed by CJA
Present Usage
Present Usage Details
Condition of Building Fabric
Architectural Significance type
Historical significance: Event/Period
Historical significance: Collective Memory/Folklore
Historical significance: Person
Architectural Significance: Style
Architectural Significance: Artistic Decoration
Urban significance
Significance Rating
Languages of inscription
Unknown
Type of grave
Unknown
0
Ornamentation
Custom
Contents
Codicology
Scribes
Script
Number of Lines
Ruling
Pricking
Quires
Catchwords
Hebrew Numeration
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
Group
Group
Group
Group
Group
Trade Mark
Binding
Decoration Program
Summary and Remarks

This object may have been used as Shabbat candlesticks as well since there are two candle holders on either side instead of the single shamash usually found on hanukkah lamps.

Old IJA no. Sc_14596

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History/Provenance
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Bibliography
Short Name
Full Name
Volume
Page
Type
Documenter
| 27.4.1994
Author of description
Michael Tal; Vladimir Levin | 30.4.1994; 2019
Architectural Drawings
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Donor
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Negative/Photo. No.