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Abrasha

Hanukkah Menorah
1995
stainless steel, silver, and gold
6 7/8 x 17 1/4 x 3 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance and the artist in memory of the artist's father, Solomon David Staszewski

During the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, eight candles or oil-burning wicks are lighted in a special menora. A ninth candle called a Shamash ("servant") is taller and is used to light the other candles during the observance. Abrasha designed and constructed this menorah, which is indebted to his jeweler's sensibility in its precision of movable parts and fine detail. Nine cones for wicks, supported by nineteen vertical posts, all of which are held together by Y-shaped, circular hinges, compose the simple, clean design.