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Hanukkah Oil Lamps

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Hanukkah Oil Lamps


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Location Tudela, Spain
Country Spain
City Tudela

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Geographical Coordinates 42.0661,-1.6073


Indispensable pieces in all Jewish homes are the oil lamps called hanukiah which were lit for the festival of Hanukkah. In Tudela several fragments of these oil lamps have been found dated between the 13th and 14th centuries at the Cerro de Santa Bárbara (hill) on the Castle hillsides.

The majority of these oil lamps would have been made in Tudela. They take the shape of ceramic inscription with a pointed front formed by the different picks of the oil bowls and in one of the pieces there are still fire markings. The bowls and the upper part of the whole piece have been surface treated with honey-coloured and green varnish and they bear a small incised decoration on a small cordon which goes right round the piece and the edge of the bowls.

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