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OBJECT OF THE MONTH – December 2004

Hanukkah lamp with the images of Moses and Aaron on either side
(at Klausen Synagogue)

The Hanukkah lamp is used during the eight-day festival of Hanukkah, which occurs in December. The main ceremony is the lighting of special Hanukkah candles, one the first evening, two the second, and so on. This lamp, with figurative side pieces and openwork backplate, is a Czech specificity. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Prague type’, due to its use of the emblem of the Prague Jewish community – a six-sided star with a Jewish cap in the centre. The popularity of this design lasted for a very long time and such lamps were produced in unchanged form for almost a hundred years, from around the mid-18th century to the first half of the 19th century. This particular lamp is a more recent example of the last ones to be produced.





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