The Lindo lamp by John Ruslen

This is the earliest known English Hanukah lamp and has remained one of the most important item of Anglo-Jewish heritage in the museum since it was placed on loan in the 1930s.


33 x 28 cm
Art Fund grant:
£75,000 ( Total: £282,000)
Acquired in:
Rosemary Emanuel and Patricia Yudkin

The winter festival of Hanukah celebrates the spiritual survival of the Jewish people under the Syrian Greeks in 165 BCE. This lamp was commissioned to mark the marriage of Elias Lindo to Rachel Lopes Ferreira. The Lindos were prominent members of the early community of Spanish and Portuguese Jews in London and founder members of Bevis Marks Synagogue. They distinguished themselves in science and literature, in charitable endowments and as patrons of the arts beyond the Jewish community. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Elias Lindo; by descent; Joseph Nabarro, 1933; by descent to vendors.

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Jewish Museum London Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert St, Camden Town, LONDON London NW1 7NB 020 7284 7384

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