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Hanukkah lamp modeled after ancient earthenware lamps
Djerba, Tunisia
ca. 18th century
Earthenware, glazed
H: 5; W: 40 cm
The Zeyde Schulmann Collection in the Israel Museum
Accession number: B63.11.3170 ; 118/465

This lamp is apparently modeled after one of the earliest known forms of Hanukkah lamps. Remnants of a similar Hanukkah lamp were unearthed within the ruins of a medieval synagogue, discovered in an archaeological dig in the town of Lorca, near the city of Murcia in southeastern Spain.

From the Israel Museum publications:
Benjamin, Chaya, North African Lights, Hanukkah Lamps from the Zeyde Schulman Collection in the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2003, English / Hebrew

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

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