Italy, c1700

Brass, cast, chased; H 11.6 cm, W 22.7 cm

The predominant type of Hanukkah menorah in Italy is one that is assembled from cast parts. There are a few distinct types, which were repeated through the ages. This model is thought to be from the16th or 17th century, but it is likely to have been cast anew in every generation, even though existing examples are quite rare.

The brickwork back plate reflects the architectural elements, which can be seen in Italy -- a good example of the general tendency for architectural forms to predominate in the design of the Hanukkah menorah. This particular type is considered to be from Rome.

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