Sabbath lamp, 1700-1800. Museum no. 1512A-1903

Sabbath lamp, 1700-1800. Museum no. 1512A-1903

Sabbath lamp
The Netherlands
1700-1800
Cast brass
Museum no. 1512A-1903

This hanging Sabbath oil lamp with seven wicks is known as a Judensten (Jewish Star). They were used for many centuries all over Europe and are often depicted in engravings. They were lit before the Sabbath on Friday at sundown through to Saturday at sundown.