X2001.11.96a,b Lamp

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Object Name: Lamp
Artist: Unknown
Place of Origin: Tibet
Date: 17th-18th century
Dimensions: H: 21.20 cm, DIAM: 17.60 cm
Materials Used: Silver
Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Pal Family. X2001.11.96a,b


Clarified yak butter is the fuel burned in lamps in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The classical chalice shape of this lamp, which is not found in Hindu lamps in India, may have originated with the presence of Nestorian Christians in Central Asia.

Source: Exhibition wall text, Flames of Devotion: Oil Lamps from South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayas.