An Interesting North African Chanukah Lamp

An Interesting North African Chanukah Lamp

0.00

The backplate is cast and pierced, with densely filled depictions of scrollwork and flowers, topped by two large birds flanking an urn-shaped suspension ring. At bottom in raised relief, in Hebrew: “For the commandment is a lamp”, “Yeshua Rakah”, “and the making is light” (verse from Proverbs 6:23, excluding the male name). 19th century. While the Hebrew verse from Proverbs is widely found on antique Chanukah Lamps, the insertion of a person’s name in the midst of this verse is most unusual. Scholars theorize the name indicates the maker of the lamp. Three other examples of this Chanukah Lamp are known, all bearing the same name. Two reside in the Israel Museum, while one is in the collection of the Jewish Museum of New York, and can be seen on page 325 of the book “Five Centuries of Hanukkah Lamps from The Jewish Museum: A Catalogue Raisonné”.

Add To Cart