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Lamp with Human Form

A work made of earthenware with lead glaze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware with lead glaze.


Eastern Han dynasty (25–220)



About this artwork

This figurative sculpture, whose head balances a cup for oil or wax, probably provided a symbolic beacon for the soul in the perpetual darkness of the tomb. The small figure may relate to ancient burial rites at which the deceased person was represented by a child.


On View, Gallery 133


Arts of Asia


Lamp with Human Form


China (Artist's nationality)

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206 BCE–222 CE


Earthenware with lead glaze


29 × 13.9 × 13.5 cm (11 7/16 × 5 1/2 × 5 5/16 in.)

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Lent by Mrs. Potter Palmer

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