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Naga oil lamp

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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



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.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    The Art of Knowing in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas (March 25, 2023 - ongoing)
    Power in Southeast Asia (October 14, 2017 to March 13, 2020)
  • Origin

    Java, Indonesia
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Ann and Gilbert Kinney
  • 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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