Hanukkah lamp

Northern France or Germany, 13th century, and Photographer: Ardon Bar-Hama1200/1300

Freud Museum London

Freud Museum London

This small Hanukkah lamp features three animal medals and Hebrew letters in relief. It is not only extremely rare but also unusual, as it was designed with hooks on the back to hang on a wall and hold oil rather than candles. The Freud family were Jewish, although Freud himself rejected religion. He never backed away from his Jewish identity, calling himself a ‘Godless Jew’, and after his death his wife Martha resumed practising her faith, though it is not known whether she used this lamp during Hanukkah.

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  • Title: Hanukkah lamp
  • Creator: Northern France or Germany, 13th century, Photographer: Ardon Bar-Hama
  • Date: 1200/1300
  • Date Created: 1200/1300
  • Physical Dimensions: 12.7 x 17 x 5 cm
  • Subject Keywords: Judaism, Hanukkah, Chanukah, Menorah
  • Rights: Copyright Freud Museum London
  • External Link: Freud Museum London
  • Medium: Copper alloy