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Tomb lamp in the form of a seated figure holding a child

Label Text

In his object notes about this second-century Han dynasty tomb lamp, Freer called it "historically important." On his invoice from Yamanaka and Company, from whom he purchased this lamp in 1904, Freer added a note that the vessel was said to have come from the collection of a soldier in Beijing. The vessel is also iconographically interesting in that it bears the motif of a mother and child, traditional Chinese symbols of good luck, future progeny, and family survival.

Object Name

Tomb lamp

Dated

2nd century

Period

Eastern Han dynasty

Medium

Earthenware with copper-green lead-silicate glaze

Dimensions

HxWxD: 22.7 x 9.8 x 9.6 cm

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

126

Wall

West

Title

Tomb lamp in the form of a seated figure holding a child

Object Number

F1904.332

Freer Source

Yamanaka and Co.

Freer Source City

New York

Freer Source State

New York

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

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Collection

Citation

"Tomb lamp in the form of a seated figure holding a child," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1904.332, Item #3267, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3267 (accessed November 22, 2017).