Hanukkah Lamp

Unknown Artist/Maker19th century (?)

The Jewish Museum, New York

The Jewish Museum, New York

This unusual lamp combines features of two cultures and regions. The fan-like element on top, the scrollwork, and the bellflowers are typical of European decorative art of the mid-eighteenth to early nineteenth century. The rolled band decoration that has been applied to the edges of the backplate and oil containers was invented in Europe in the late eighteenth century and became quite common in the nineteenth century. In the center is a pitcher of an Islamic shape. This conflation of European and Islamic style could have occurred in Ottoman Turkey or its European domains. European-style rococo decoration is seen on a number of Ottoman objects, thus testifying to stylistic crossovers between the Ottoman Empire and Europe.

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  • Title: Hanukkah Lamp
  • Creator: Unknown Artist/Maker
  • Date Created: 19th century (?)
  • Location: Turkey, Asia
  • Physical Dimensions: 9 × 12 1/16 × 2 5/8 in. (22.9 × 30.7 × 6.6 cm)
  • Type: Ceremonial Art
  • Rights: https://thejewishmuseum.org/about-this-site#terms-conditions
  • External Link: View this object at thejewishmuseum.org
  • Medium: Silver: pierced, engraved, wrigglework, punched, cast, and rolled appliqué