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Butter lamp

Butter lamp

  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Copper with silver bands; tinned inside. Copper lid with repoussé and openwork decoration

  • Museum number:

    IM.94-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Butter lamps are used to illuminate Tibetan altars being one of the essential offerings made to deities in Tibetan Buddhism. A wickplaced at the centre of the yak-butter contents feeds from the surrrounding buttter as it melts.

Physical description

Butter-lamp made of plain copper decorated with narrow bands of silver; tinned inside. The detachable cover is decorated with repoussé and openwork 'ch'ien' emblem (Chinese cash emblem).

Place of Origin

Tibet (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Copper with silver bands; tinned inside. Copper lid with repoussé and openwork decoration

Descriptive line

Butter lamp; copper with silver bands, repoussé and openwork detail, Tibet, 19th century.

Materials

Copper; Silver; Tin

Techniques

Tinning; Repoussé; Openwork

Categories

Buddhism; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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