Phoenix and tortoise lamp - ROM2005_3555_1


Phoenix and tortoise lamp

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: China
Date: 28 BC
Period: Western Han Dynasty
20.7 x 12 x 8 cm
Object number: 933.12.124
Credit Line: Bishop William C. White Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of China
DescriptionThe oil container of this lamp is gripped in the beak of a phoenix standing on a tortoise. A fifty-three character inscription around its edge mentions among other things that this is a phoenix lamp made for the palace in the year 28 BC, with a weight of 1 catty 14 tael (460 grams).
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