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Morocco, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A very large and beautifully crafted brass Hanukah lamp or Hanukiya meaning the nine-branched candelabrum used during Hanukah (also Chanukah and Hanukkah). This example presents an attractive angular form with a beaded border upon an integrated pedestal platform. The imagery is marvelous - featuring the two tablets with Hebrew that is shorthand for the 10 Commandments in low relief with an oil font for the shamash surrounded by an engraved Star of David above and eight fonts protruding below, one for each night of the holiday. In addition to the iconography, the Hanukiya is adorned by beautiful engraved and embossed decorative borders and panels. Hanukkah menorahs are among the most coveted examples of Judaica. The menorah was historically used by Moses in the sanctuary he established in the wilderness and later in the famous Temple of Jerusalem. A nine-lamp variation of the menorah like this one is traditionally used for the observance of the Hanukkah miracle. Size: 11.75" W x 21.75" H (29.8 cm x 55.2 cm)
Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan, USA collection
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