Jewish Art

Double−light candlestick
1906–29 (?)
Silver, filigree, and stamped wirework
H: 24; W: 19; D: 7 cm

The Alan and Riva Slifka Collection in the Israel Museum
Accession number: B09.0525

The slender branches of the candlestick spring up from a shaped, slightly raised base, turning at the top towards opposite directions. At the end of each arm is a circular wax pan and a candle socket. The decorations consist of stamped silver threads looking like rows of beads; tiny twisted filigree circles; and silver pellets applied at equal intervals. All the decorative elements are arranged symmetrically, in a way that follows and emphasizes the strong movement of the arms. The design of the candlestick is unusual compared to Bezalel works, and was in all likelihood created at the very end of the Bezalel period or even later.

Publications: Beauty and Sanctity: the Israel Museum at 40. A Series of Exhibitions Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Zalmona, Yigal, 2006, Benjamin, Chaya, Early Israeli Arts and Crafts: Bezalel Treasures from the Alan B. Slifka Collection in the Israel Museum, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2008, English / Hebrew

Exhibitions: Sacred Beauty: Treasures of Judaica and Jewish Ethnography, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 3/11/2005 - 1/21/2006