Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by David Harris
Hanukkah lamp inscribed with the passage "We kindle these lights . . ."
Bronze, cast
Inscribed in Hebrew: “We kindle these lights to commemorate the miracles and wonders . . .”; “Meir Halpern”; and the Hebrew year 5574
H: 22.3; W: 34.4 cm
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Hen, The Hague, Netherlands
Accession number: B48.09.0794 ; 118/350
The back panel of this early Hanukkah lamp is inscribed from side to side with the words “We kindle these lights . . .” in elaborate Ashkenazi calligraphy. The inscription ends with “Meir Halpern” – probably the name of the person who commissioned the lamp – and the Hebrew year. The top of the lamp features dragons like those that appear in medieval manuscripts. The side panels are designed to look like Gothic towers.

Landau, Suzanne, Architecture in the Hanukkah Lamp: Architectural Forms in the Design of Hanukkah Lamps from the Collection of Hanukkah Lamps at the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1979, English / Hebrew
The Jewish World 365 Days, from the Collections of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, USA, 2004

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir