A very early European Jewish bronze oil lamp, likely German and made in the renaissance or early baroque period, 16th. century or earlier.
In Jewish communities, such lamps were also used for rituals—the kindling of lights in the home to inaugurate Sabbaths and festivals, and for havdalah. Havdalah—literally, “separation”—is the ceremony that marks the conclusion of Sabbath and holy days, that is, their separation from the workday week.
The top of the lamp looks like something architectorial.
Size: 14,5 cm. high and 13 cm. long.
Condition: Superb, with finely patinated surfaces.
Ex. Swedish private Collection