31 Memorial Candle Holder


from the prayer house of peddlers in Óbuda

Óbuda, 1822


Gift of Simon Weisz, 1913

In Judaism, the anniversary of the death of loved ones is observed by praying, studying and by lighting a memorial candle.  This memorial wall candle holder was made in 1822 in Óbuda and belonged to the furnishings of the prayer house of peddlers there. The then nearly one hundred year-old antiquity was donated by Simon Weisz, a Jewish community leader of Óbuda.  The fact that the item became part of the collection is all the more important because it shows that the focus of collection of Judaica was extendedto everyday items that were used commonly by Jewish communities. Previously the focus was mainly on the artistic value.