Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner
Hanukkah lamp in early Sicilian triangular form
Sicily
Late 15th century
Bronze, cast
H: 15.8; W: 18.8 cm
The Feuchtwanger Collection, purchased and donated by Baruch and Ruth Rappaport, Geneva
Accession number: HF 0339 ; 118/605
 
 
There are two sources for the triangular, small-scaled Hanukkah lamp – one in Spain, the other in Sicily. This lamp represents the prototype from Sicily, which migrated as far as Morocco in the south and Poland in the north. In Morocco, the pointed, plain European tendrils were exchanged for rounded, ornate oriental tendrils, and the round oil fonts with truncated spouts were converted into four wide rectangular pans with eight tapering spouts. In Poland, the oil fonts were converted into candle sockets, and the basic triangular shape evolved into something resembling a miniature piece of furniture.

Publications:
Shachar, Isaiah, Jewish Tradition in Art: The Feuchtwanger Collection of Judaica, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1981

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