Monday, December 14, 2009

Chanuka menorahs from all over the world

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How would you like to kindle the Chanuka lights in this strange stone vessel from Persia?
The Jewish Art Museum at Hechal Shlomo lists it as a 19th century menorah for Chanuka and Shabbat.

(Please click on the photos if you'd like to see the details.)

I visited last Thursday, just a few days before a special display for Chanuka week was arranged.
So I have no idea what the menorah under wraps was for.

But the one next to it was as tall as me.

Such a differance a few centuries can make in the designs.
In and on the case are both old and modern chanukiyot.

"Hanukkah Lamp, Baghdad, Iraq, 18th century, brass, cast"

The oddest chanukiya I found was this brass one from 18th century Austria.
The double-headed eagle with cannon at his feet, is it not an unusual choice for a Jewish ceremonial object?
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This week our world in Israel revolves around Chanuka observances and festivities (kids have vacation from school for the holiday), so this is what I have to share at the bloggers' worldwide meme, "That's My World."
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23 comments:

Rob and Mandy said...

These are some very unusual chanukyioth indeed, specially the first one. Very interesting.

Sylvia K said...

Really interesting post as always, Dina! I loved seeing all the different menorahs! I did find the last one quite unusual!

Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Carver said...

What an interesting variety and all beautiful in their individual ways. Happy Chanuka!

Robin said...

I bet that Persian one looks absolutely stunning all lit up.

Stine in Ontario said...

Happy Chanuka, Dina. The menorah are quite varied, which is a bit of a surprise for me. Thank you for postig the photos.

I hope this is a peaceful week in Israel. The kids must be very happy to have time away from school!

Heather said...

I love your blog and photos, Dina! I am a Christian and Pasadena resident who found your site through Petrea's Pasadena Daily Photo. I was fortunate enough to visit Israel in summer 2007 and am always eager to remember what I saw and experienced there. Thank you for sharing your photos and thoughts! I love how your site...like the country itself...beautifully blends all faiths! :)

RRosen said...

Beautiful

Susie of Arabia said...

Happy Chanuka, Dina! I really enjoyed seeing the variety of Menorahs in your post.

Suzanne said...

Beautiful Channukiah's. Check out the Anna Ticho House, her husband had a fine collection too.

James said...

Great post and very interesting. I like seeing old ceremonial objects from around the world. The Austrian one is really cool. :)

Jack and Joann said...

I learn so much by visiting your blog. You should call it Isreal 101! Keep up the good work and happy happy chanuk! Joann P.S. So many wayw to spell hannukka.

SandyCarlson said...

Those are so very interesting. That last one is a doozy. It's interesting, the blend of time and place and faith in each of these.

Indrani said...

Interesting collection!
We get some of those designs here.

Louis la Vache said...

Very interesting! «Louis» enjoys these historical tours...

Leif Hagen said...

An amazing collection of menorahs! I guess they come in every color, size, media, material, etc.!

Kay said...

Fantastic post, Dina. I loved seeing all the menorah styles through history. It's interesting how everybody created their menorah in their own ethnic style. Beautiful.

Hilda said...

What a fascinating collection! It has always been the candelabra type that I see in photos, so seeing the variety here was very interesting.

JM said...

Fantastic pieces! My favourite is the one from Baghdad.

Jew Wishes said...

What beautiful photos of menorahs past.

They are lovely in their own uniqueness.

Petrea said...

That top one is gorgeous, amazing.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I'm drawn to the one from Baghdad. The open palm intrigues me. It seems like an often repeated motif. Time for a google search.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

I have a hamsa over my studio door. Makes sense. It was given to me by my best friend upon her passing. Her family immigrated to LA from Crete

ilanadavita said...

I own a chanukiah which is similar to your last one but comes from Germany.