Antique Moroccan Jewish Hanukkah Menorah Oil Lamp with Star of David
Own a rare, highly coveted piece of Moroccan Jewish history.
Handmade brass Hanukkah lamp, Morocco, circa early to mid 1900s.
Extensively engraved back plate with a menorah design in the center, surrounded by fiddlehead fern swirls. Two pillars on the sides end in pointed fingers, and a Star of David is above the Shamsh. Two side panels are decorated again with the Star of David and fiddlehead ferns as well as pointer fingers, opening towards the sides with hinges allowing for removal.
A row of rectangular oil fonts with pinched spouts is attached to the back plate. The base of the bottom panel is welded, with a wide oil basin whose two front corners are pinched. Apertures to bottom of side panels and edges of oil basin.
It is not known exactly how old this item is, but it is pre-1950, when most Jews left Morocco. This item was found in the area south of Amazraou, Morocco, between Zagora and the Sahara desert.
Measures 26cm tall x 14cm wide at base (10in x 5.5in)