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Hanukkah lamp adorned with emblem of Prague Jewry and figures of Moses and Aaron

Unknown18th century

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The motifs adorning the back plates of this Hanukkah lamp include emblems that commemorate an event in the history of central European Jewry. The lamp features Stars of David with a "Swedish Hat" in their center. This was the emblem of the Jewish community of Prague, bestowed by Emperor Ferdinand II of Austria in the 17th century as an expression of gratitude to the Jews for helping to defend the city against an attack by the Swedish army in 1627.

Credit: On permanent loan from Mr. and Mrs. Victor Carter, Los Angeles

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  • Title: Hanukkah lamp adorned with emblem of Prague Jewry and figures of Moses and Aaron
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Location: Prague, Bohemia
  • Type: Hanukkah lamp
  • Rights: The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Brass, cast
  • Dimensions: H: 18.5; W: 26 cm
  • Curator: Benjamin, Chaya

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