Hannukah lamps did not develop as dedicated ritual objects until long after the Talmudic period. The earliest examples are perhaps from the 12th-13th century.

But the common production of such special Hannukah lamps did not begin, at least as far as the surviving evidence suggests, until the 16th century or later. Such specialized lamps came to be produced in Jewish communities around the world, representing the diversity and richness of their cultural traditions. Outstanding examples follow: