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Menorahs

Menorahs are multi-branched candelabra used by Jews during the eight-day festival of Hanukkah. The first biblical mention of a menorah is found in the book of Exodus, when God revealed to Moses the design and arrangement of the object. Today, menorahs have between seven to nine branches, with the central branch usually assuming the highest position.

The most famous depiction of a menorah is located on the Arch of Titus, erected in Rome around 89 A.D. to commemorate the victories of the emperor. It is located on the south panel, which portrays a scene of spoils being taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. The menorah is carried upon the shoulders of the Romans, and because it is carved in deep relief, the object is the central focus of the panel. In 1949, the seven-branched menorah found on the Arch of Titus became the official Israeli State Emblem.

Contemporary menorahs often incorporate the Star of David, which became a popular symbol of Judaism in 19th-century Europe, as well as Hebrew inscriptions taken from the Old Testament. Most antique and contemporary menorahs are made of metal, most notably bronze, brass, and silver. The distinctive arrangement of the candelabra has inspired artists to arrange the candleholders in a host of creative and aesthetically-pleasing designs, resulting in a wide variety of available options.


Quick Facts

  • In November 2014, J. Greenstein & Co. sold an 18th-century Ukranian menorah for $100,000
  • On December 19, 2006, Christie’s New York sold a sterling silver menorah made by Harald Nielson for $96,000
  • On May 5, 1975, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp, a monument in the shape of a seven-branched menorah was erected in Mauthausen, Austria

Recommended Items at Auction

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Erte Parcel-Gilded Bronze Menorah, 1987
Oct 09, 12:00 PM EDT
Erte Parcel-Gilded Bronze Menorah, 1987
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$42510 Bids
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Noi Volkov Ceramic Menorah
Oct 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Noi Volkov Ceramic Menorah
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $150- $250
$400 Bids
Art Pottery Cactus 9 branch Hanukkiah Menorah cactus fruit finials Signed EP
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Art Pottery Cactus 9 branch Hanukkiah Menorah cactus fruit finials Signed EP
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $400- $500
$3500 Bids
Art Deco Sterling Silver Judaica Menorah
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Art Deco Sterling Silver Judaica Menorah
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Hazorfim Sterling Silver Menorah
Oct 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Hazorfim Sterling Silver Menorah
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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2 Vintage Hanukkah Menorahs
Oct 18, 10:00 AM EDT
2 Vintage Hanukkah Menorahs
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $40- $80
$150 Bids
Yaacov Agam- 24-Karat gold-plated brass moveable multiple "Menorah"
Oct 09, 10:00 AM PDT
Yaacov Agam- 24-Karat gold-plated brass moveable multiple "Menorah"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $5,400- $6,750
$2,0000 Bids
Yaacov Agam Menorah Sculpture
Oct 07, 10:00 AM PDT
Yaacov Agam Menorah Sculpture
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$2,7500 Bids
JUDAICA STERLING SILVER OIL MENORAH & TORAH POINTER
Oct 13, 12:30 PM PDT
JUDAICA STERLING SILVER OIL MENORAH & TORAH POINTER
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,5000 Bids
Miniature Hanukkah candlestick / menorah silver.
Oct 11, 10:00 AM CEST
Miniature Hanukkah candlestick / menorah silver.
by Veilinghuis de Ruiter
Est: €25- €75
€250 Bids
A Brass Menorah
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
A Brass Menorah
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
STERLING STAR OF DAVID MENORAH
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
STERLING STAR OF DAVID MENORAH
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Brass Menorah, C. C 1900, H 21.5'' L 23''
Oct 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Brass Menorah, C. C 1900, H 21.5'' L 23''
by DuMouchelles
Est: $75- $150
$350 Bids
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PAREJA DE MENORÁS REALIZADAS EN BRONCE.
Oct 13, 5:00 PM CEST
PAREJA DE MENORÁS REALIZADAS EN BRONCE.
by Arte Subastas Bilbao
Est: €0- €0
€400 Bids
Judaica Ceramic Pottery Figural Menorah Candelabra
Oct 26, 12:00 PM EDT
Judaica Ceramic Pottery Figural Menorah Candelabra
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
KK ISRAEL Skirted Clown Ceramic Candelabra Menorah
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
KK ISRAEL Skirted Clown Ceramic Candelabra Menorah
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $100
$10 Bids
Antique Dresden Hand Painted Porcelain Compote
Oct 10, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Dresden Hand Painted Porcelain Compote
by Antiques & Art International
Est: $200- $300
$1500 Bids
Anat Mayer Gold-Plated Crystal Menorah
Oct 16, 11:00 AM EDT
Anat Mayer Gold-Plated Crystal Menorah
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$250 Bids
Yaacov Agam b.1928 (Israeli) Menorah brass, 24 karat gold-plated
Oct 19, 7:30 PM IDT
Yaacov Agam b.1928 (Israeli) Menorah brass, 24 karat gold-plated
by Matsart Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $1,500- $2,200
$1,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Menorahs


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Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Barry S. Slosberg Inc

Robinhood Auctions

Robinhood Auctions

DuMouchelles

DuMouchelles