One of pair of large butter lamps

Historical period(s)
early 20th century
Medium
Silver with gilding, coral and turquoise insets
Dimensions
H x Diam: 32.4 × 23.2 cm (12 3/4 × 9 1/8 in)
Geography
Tibet
Credit Line
The Alice S. Kandell Collection
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S2020.5.9.1
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 22: Encountering the Buddha
Classification(s)
Furniture and Furnishing, Metalwork
Type

Lamp

Keywords
Alice S. Kandell Collection, Buddhism, Tibet
Provenance

? to Late 1980s or Early 1990s
Tensing (Tensin) Ukyab reportedly brought from Tibet when immigrating to the United States with his family [1]

Late 1980s or Early 1990s to Mid 1990s
Philip Rudko, purchased from Tensing (Tesin) Ukyab and his family in Queens, New York, NY [2]

From Mid 1990s to 2020
Alice Kandell, purchased from Philip Rudko in the mid 1990s in New York, NY [3]

From 2020
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Alice Kandell, New York, NY [4]

Notes:

[1] According to Philip Rudko, interviewed by Joanna M. Gohmann on November 6, 2020, notes in accession file.

[2] See interview referenced in note 1. Philip Rudko, born just outside New York City in northern New Jersey, is a Russian Orthodox priest and art conservator, specializing in Tibetan objects. He works with the collector Alice Kandell as the curator of her personal collection.

[3] See interview referenced in note 1. Alice Kandell is a private collector, who for decades acquired hundreds of bronze sculptures, thangkas, textile banners, painted furniture and ritual implements. Her interest in Tibetan art and culture began during her college years, when she took the first of many trips to Sikkim, Tibet and Ladakh. Throughout her career as a child psychologist in New York, she continued to pursue her love of Tibetan Buddhist sacred art, traveling, collecting and documenting the art and culture of the region in two books of photography, Sikkim: The Hidden Kingdom (Doubleday) and Mountaintop Kingdom: Sikkim (Norton).

[4] The object was formally accessioned into the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Collection on December 18, 2020. See Acquisition Consideration Form, object file.

Previous Owner(s)

Tensing Ukyab
Phillip J. Rudko
Alice S. Kandell

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
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