Naga oil lamp

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    14th century
  • Geography

    Java, Indonesia
  • Material

    Copper alloy
  • Dimension

    H x W x D (without chain): 33 × 17.2 × 6.5 cm (13 × 6 3/4 × 2 9/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    LTS2015.3.2
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_LTS2015.3.2

Object Details

  • 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.
  • Origin

    Java, Indonesia
  • Credit Line

    Promised gift of Ann and Gilbert Kinney to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
  • Type

    Furniture and Furnishing
  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 22a: The Art of Knowing in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas
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