Standing eighteen centimetres in height, this polished copper menorah candelabra is an artistic miniature in the style of the ancient Temple’s menorah that once stood in the Holy Temple built by King Solomon in olden times. (This candelabra differs from traditional Chanuka menorahs, which have eight branches for the eight nights of the holiday.) Its four layer base, as well as the seven candle holders, is embossed with imagery reminiscent of the Old City, Jerusalem’s, quaint, ancient architecture.
The original Menorah stood in the Beit HaMikdash (Holy Temple) in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). It was made of gold, and its seven flames were lit with pure olive oil. When Jerusalem was pillaged in the year 70 C.E. by the Romans, several artifacts from the Beit HaMikdash were stolen. Although full-size replicas have been constructed for demonstrative purposes, to this day, the Temple Menorah and other judaica relics remain lost.