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Hanukkah lamp in early Sicilian triangular form

Hanukkah lamp in early Sicilian triangular form

Hanukkah lamp in early Sicilian triangular form

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

Jewish Art and Life

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.

From the Israel Museum publications:

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