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Hanukkah Lamp

Unknown Artist/Maker18th century (?)

The Jewish Museum, New York

The Jewish Museum, New York

The Jews of Prague were the first community to use the Star of David as their emblem, in the early seventeenth century. The Prague star, like the one on this lamp, had a hat in the center. Originally Jews in Bohemia were required to wear this distinctive headgear to differentiate themselves from Christians; eventually they embraced it as a welcome symbol of Jewish identity.

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  • Title: Hanukkah Lamp
  • Creator: Unknown Artist/Maker
  • Date Created: 18th century (?)
  • Location: Czech Republic, Europe
  • Physical Dimensions: 9 3/4 × 11 1/2 × 2 1/4 in. (24.8 × 29.2 × 5.7 cm)
  • Type: Ceremonial Art
  • Rights: https://thejewishmuseum.org/about-this-site#terms-conditions
  • External Link: View this object at thejewishmuseum.org
  • Medium: Copper alloy: repoussé

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