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Luminous art : Hanukkah menorahs of the Jewish Museum

Author: Susan L Braunstein
Publisher: New York : Jewish Museum ; New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A magnificent array of Hanukkah menorahs and lamps that shed light on the Jewish traditions that produced them: The ceremonial kindling of lights each night during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah commemorates an ancient victory for religious freedom-the liberation and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE. As their diversity and beauty attest, Hanukkah lamps are singularly important as a form of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Catalogs
Catalogues
Exhibitions
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan L Braunstein
ISBN: 0300103875 9780300103878
OCLC Number: 55615700
Awards: Commended for National Jewish Book Award (Visual Arts) 2005
Description: xi, 244 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Contents: Foreword / Joan Rosenbaum --
Acknowledgments / Susan L. Braunstein --
Eight lights, a thousand tales : Hanukkah lamps of The Jewish Museum / Susan L. Braunstein --
Highlights of the collection --
The Netherlands --
Germany --
Austria --
Italy --
Eastern Europe --
Other European countries --
North Africa --
The Middle East and Asia --
The Americas --
Lamps made from other objects.
Responsibility: Susan L. Braunstein.
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Abstract:

"A magnificent array of Hanukkah menorahs and lamps that shed light on the Jewish traditions that produced them: The ceremonial kindling of lights each night during the eight-day holiday of Hanukkah commemorates an ancient victory for religious freedom-the liberation and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE. As their diversity and beauty attest, Hanukkah lamps are singularly important as a form of ceremonial art and are among Judaism's best-loved traditional objects. This superbly illustrated book showcases more than 100 Hanukkah lamps selected from the extensive collection of The Jewish Museum in New York. The featured lamps date from the Renaissance to our own time, and were created from a wide variety of materials in virtually every part of the world, including the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Susan L. Braunstein provides an engaging overview of the Hanukkah lamp and discusses its origins in Jewish tradition, its many innovative forms, its enduring ritual uses, and its social context. She also includes a short informative essay about each of the wonderfully varied lamps pictured in the book."--Publisher's description.

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