A rare piece of Moroccan Jewish history. This handmade engraved brass metal menorah traditionally burned oil.
Handmade brass Hanukkah lamp, Morocco, circa early to mid 1900s.
Back plate features two rows of columns, with candle designs cut out, three above the Shamsh and eight below. The shaped sides have been decorated with a carved and engraved leaf motif, and above the top columns a six-pointed star has been engraved.
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.
It is not known exactly how old this item is, but it is likely 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 33cm tall x 14cm wide at base (13in x 5.5in)
Condition consistent with use and age. Item has been used and is not restored. Restoration services available upon demand.