The Jewish Museum collection spans 4,000 years of Jewish culture through nearly 30,000 objects from around the world. From fine art to Judaica, the collection speaks to the global Jewish experience, whether by virtue of the subject depicted or because a work represents a significant contribution to art and Jewish cultural history.
Cigar Box belonging to Sigmund Freud, Vienna (Austria), 1903
As Hannukah begins on the same day as Christmas Eve this year (December 24), it seemed like an especially pertinent time to explore one of the many treasures found in the Jewish Museum collection: Sigmund Freud’s sterling silver cigar box.
Hanukkah Lamp, Stolin (Belarus), c. 1885. © The Jewish Museum, New York.
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, begins at sundown on December 24. Families all over the world will celebrate by singing traditional songs and enjoying sizzling latkes beside glowing candlelight. Every winter, Hanukkah commemorates the bravery of the Ancient Israelites who defeated their oppressors during the Maccabean Revolt. Candles are lit on the eight nights of Hanukkah to symbolically represent the triumph of light over darkness. Continue reading