Rare and important lamp bearer
Dong Son culture, Northern Vietnam, 300-100 BC
Height : 14 cm
Provenance : Mr Loh, Singapore
A. Eskenasy collection, Paris.
This kneeling bronze gure depicting a pregnant woman is one of the very few Dong Son lamps to have been recovered.
Another highly important lamp found in 1934 during the excavations conducted by Olov Janse at Lach Truong burial, near the village of Dong Son, is now in the Historical Museum of Hanoi ( see below ).
A less sophisticated lamp in the shape of a seated warrior is on view at the Musée Guimet in Paris. There is also a zoomorphic lamp from the same period in the George Ortiz collection.
We know that oil lamps have always played an important role in the culture of Vietnam, not only for daily life, but also for religious purpose and rituals.
See Olov Janse, Rapport préliminaire d’une mission archéologique Indochine auprès de l’Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient, I, Revue des Arts Asiatiques 1935, t. IX :4 p.144-153.
For a chinese type of gural lamp bearer sold for a record price, see Christie’s New York, 21-22 March 2013, lot 1137.
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