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This particular type of candlestick, an Italian Renaissance artwork, was quite popular and circulated in several local variations, usually in pairs or in series, and was intended to be placed on the Holy Altar. These Sinai candlesticks exhibit the typical characteristics of this type, such as the long stem, and the three-sided base with sinuous outline, resting on animal paws. Its shape and ornamentation, composed of fine floral motifs, sea-shells, and angel heads, follow the prevailing artistic trends that had been established at the time in major European urban centers. According to an inscription in Ukrainian that runs around the perimeter of the base, these candlesticks were commissioned at the expense of the Monastery of Peter and Paul (in the Ukraine?).


Details

Embossed, chased and engraved silver
Height 54 cm
St. Catherine's Monastery Saint Catherine, South Sinai Governorate