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- Date of production 2nd half of the 17th century
- Place of creation Poland
- Dimensions height: 103 cm, width: branches: 107 cm, diameter: base: 45 cm
- ID no. MHK 595/VII
- Branch The Old Synagogue
- Object copyright Historical Museum of the City of Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska's Virtual Museums project
Candelabrum, synagogal, nine-branched. Supported on a flat base, tapering in a bell-like shape to the top. A multi-levelled stem, finely profiled, with four pairs of branches fixed in the sockets cut in its flat elements. The branches are slightly flattened, curved and finished with a trifoliate at the bottom.more
Candelabrum, synagogal, nine-branched. Supported on a flat base, tapering in a bell-like shape to the top. A multi-levelled stem, finely profiled, with four pairs of branches fixed in the sockets cut in its flat elements. The branches are slightly flattened, curved and finished with a trifoliate at the bottom. Flanked by a relief with double-repeated calyxes in the central part, connected with a profiled bar at the top with small plates with candle sleeves. On the sides of the bar are pear-like pinnacles, and under the bar, between two branches, stylised lilies with buds, alternating the candle sleeves. In the front of the stem the additional ninth branch is affixed, placed perpendicularly to the line of the eight remaining branches. It is the auxiliary branch, called shamash (a servant) in Hebrew. The candle placed on this branch is lit as the first one, and all the remaining candles are lit from it. The stem is topped with a figure of an eagle with outspread wings. The lamp supposedly comes from the High Synagogue in Kazimierz in Kraków. During WWII, the candelabrum was stolen by the Germans and brought to a beer-house located on Wawel Hill at the time. After 1945 it was kept in the National Collection at the Wawel, from where in 1980 it was given to the Historical Museum of the City of Kraków.
Elaborated by Eugeniusz Duda (Historical Museum of the City of Kraków), © all rights reserved