Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner
Hanukkah lamp with bust of Emperor Josef II, and emblem of Austrian Empire
Late 18th century
Brass, cast
H: 23; W: 25 cm
Accession number: B00606 ; 118/077
The motifs adorning the back plates of this Hanukkah lamp include emblems that commemorate event in the history of central European Jewry. The lamp commemorates the granting of civil rights in 1781 with a bust of Emperor Joseph II and the double-headed eagle that served as the Austrian emblem.

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