An Antique late 19th century Copper handmade Hanukkah Menorah. This Menorah is known as the Baal Shemtov Type and is a typical Polish Warsaw made. This Hanukkah Menorah known in Modern time as Hanukkia is made from a relatively thin plate of Copper for the back Embossed to forming the minor ornamental features .The base is made in both press and molding (legs) technique and is attached to the back plate. The main Design and configuration motives including the lions,crown and candle cups are later added and attached to the main structure. Lions and crown are made from brass and stand out with shinier gold color on the copper darker background. Total Weight - 425 grams (15 oz) , Height - 21 cm (approx 8 3/8") , width 23.5cm (approx 9 1/4"). Certain modifications might have occurred during the years such as pins/nits being changed to screws and upper larger candle cup is of a later period. This hanukkah Menorah has some areas with reminiscence of silver coating and therefore might have originally been silver plated and plating slowly came out through time and cleaning process. The overall impression due to the thin silver areas is actually stunning and adds a dimension of mystery and color in conjunction with the mention goldish color of the lions and crown to the whole composition. In Jewish Tradition the Hanukkah holiday is Celebrated for the Remembrance of the Miracle that took place during the revolt against the Greek king Antiochus VI. After the Greeks were driven out from the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem the Custom of lighting the Menorah in the temple was to be restarted. However only one little oil container was found and it had enough oil for lighting the Sacred Menorah for only one day. Yet every morning the little pot was miraculously refiled and that went on for 8 days until new oil had been profaned and brought to the Temple. Traditionally every day ,during the Holiday, a growing number of candles is lit from 1 until 8 (in the last day). While the 9th candle usually at center or placed higher is used to light each of the eight candles and so altogether there are 9 candles in the Hanukiah. Very similar Hanukkias are exhibited in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem in the Large room of Hanukkia collections. It is worth mentioning that the later Hanukkia of this kind that appear with a higher status finish, sometimes silver, are more typical for the early 20th century. Such as the offered Hanukkia are considered a very searched for Collectors pieces and although being made in relatively modest materials and Techniques reach high monetary value.
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