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Butter lamp - Butterlamp

Butterlamp

  • Object:

    Butter lamp

  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Museum number:

    IM.161A-1927

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This silver butter lamp, or mar me (‘butter fire’) in Tibetan, is of a type that was used to illuminate temple interiors. They are usually placed as offerings (of light) on altars in front of images. Making offerings of butter to feed such lamps continues to be a favourite devotional practice of pilgrims in Tibet.

Place of Origin

Tibet (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Descriptive line

Butter lamp with stand, silver copper turquoise, Tibet, 19th century.

Categories

Buddhism

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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