Hanukkah Lamp

Rötger Herfurth (d. 1776)1765

Jewish Museum Frankfurt / Museum Judengasse

Jewish Museum Frankfurt / Museum Judengasse

Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev, which falls in November or December. During the festival, one of eight lights is lit every evening until all are burning. The celebration commemorates a historical event that took place in 164 BCE after the Jews’ Greek rulers desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem. This style of lamp was created in Frankfurt and proved particularly popular. Four lion’s feet support a rectangular tray that holds cups of oil and is closed with a lid. The backplate is decorated with a seven-branched menorah in the center and a crown on the top held by two lions. The menorah is recalling the candelabrum in the Jerusalem Temple, the crown stands for the torah, the lions for the tribe of Judah.

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  • Title: Hanukkah Lamp
  • Creator: Rötger Herfurth (d. 1776)
  • Date Created: 1765
  • Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Location Created: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Subject Keywords: judaism, ritual art, Jewish
  • Type: Judaica
  • Medium: silver