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Hanukkah lamp recalling the Temple Menorah, topped by a figure of Judith

Hanukkah lamp recalling the Temple Menorah, topped by a figure of Judith

Hanukkah lamp recalling the Temple Menorah, topped by a figure of Judith

Silver, repoussé, chased, pierced, and cast

H: 65.4 cm

Gift of Charles Michael, San Francisco, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Accession number:

B13.0634

118/1000

Jewish Art and Life

The branches of this Hanukkah lamp are adorned with alternating globes and flowers, in keeping with the Torah's description of the Menorah (Exodus 25:31 ff). Other decorative motifs were added by the silversmith: a peacock with outspread tail behind each light, warriors circling the stem, and at the top, the triumphant figure of Judith holding the head of Holofernes. In Jewish tradition, Judith's act of heroism in killing the Assyrian commander, described in the apocryphal book that bears her name, is closely associated with Hanukkah and its story of defying a pagan invader. This Hanukkah lamp evokes earlier desings from Frankfurt.