Own a rare, highly coveted piece of Moroccan history. If you've looked around, you know this style of Moroccan Menorah is extremely hard to find. This particular Menorah is made of silver melange, making it all the more unique.
This handmade Hanukkah lamp from Morocco was made circa early to mid 1900s.
A simply engraved back plate has a large raised flower design welded on, with a bold piece of red glass or garnet in the center. Above this on each side are groupings of circles, and directly above the flower is a raised Star of David, with a oil font in the center. Above the oil font is a thick silver design of an embellished leaf.
Two side panels are decorated again etching and large red shiny stones, this time in center of Stars of David. The panels open towards the sides with hinges allowing for removal. A row of fluted oil fonts with pinched spouts is attached to the back plate.
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 central Morocco, and perhaps comes from the historic Jewish enclave in Essaouira.
Measures 20cm tall x 16cm wide at base (10in x 5.5in) weighs 205g