Naga oil lamp

citation

The bronze lamp hangs from a linked chain and bent hook, the main component in the shape of a serpent with an upraised head and tail. The head supports a flat dish that held the oil, where a small wick would have provided the flame. The serpent has an open mouth with pronounced teeth and extended tongue, the upper half of the body is incised with circles representing scales, and the belly side is ribbed with projecting bands.

Historical period(s)
14th century
Medium
Copper alloy
Dimensions
H x W x D (without chain): 33 × 17.2 × 6.5 cm (13 × 6 3/4 × 2 9/16 in)
Geography
Indonesia, Java
Credit Line
Promised gift of Ann and Gilbert Kinney to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
LTS2015.3.2
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 26b: Power in Southeast Asia
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Type

Lamp

Keywords
dragon, Indonesia, Java, lamp
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

The bronze lamp hangs from a linked chain and bent hook, the main component in the shape of a serpent with an upraised head and tail. The head supports a flat dish that held the oil, where a small wick would have provided the flame. The serpent has an open mouth with pronounced teeth and extended tongue, the upper half of the body is incised with circles representing scales, and the belly side is ribbed with projecting bands.

Published References
  • pp. 69-84, p. 51, 76, fig. 15.
Collection Area(s)
Southeast Asian Art
Web Resources
Rights Statement

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