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Hanukkah lamp recalling the Temple Menorah, topped by a figure of Judith
Germany (?)
Late 19th century
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

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.


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