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Hanukkah Menorah

1995 Abrasha Born: Hague, Netherlands 1948 fabricated stainless steel, sterling silver, and 24k gold overall: 6 7/8 x 17 1/4 x 3 7/8 in. (17.5 x 43.8 x 9.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and the artist in memory of the artist's father, Solomon David Staszewski © 1995, Abrasha 1996.36A-J Not currently on view


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"My work now is contemporary, geometric, and simple in style and feeling . . . I usually combine two or three different materials to create tension between them and their colors in my designs." Artist quoted in American Craft Museum Catalogue, 1992

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The Hanukkah Menorah has eight branches of equal height and a ninth, taller branch for the shamash, or "servant light," used to light the others. The Hanukkah holiday commemorates the rededication of the Hebrew Temple of Jerusalem after it was destroyed by the Syrians in 165 BC. Abrasha's menorah conforms to Jewish law by burning wicks in olive oil instead of candles. Hinges allow the piece to be arranged in different ways, and the gold, silver, and stainless steel provide a play of different colors under the light of the wicks.

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decorative arts

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - silver

metal - steel

About Abrasha

Born: Hague, Netherlands 1948