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Large Silver Butter Lamp
Tibet
18th century

height: 18.5cm, diameter: 12.6cm, weight: 360g

This fine, large yak butter lamp is of high-grade, almost pure, silver. Its form is reminiscent of a Christian chalice. It would have been used on an altar, filled to
the brim with yak butter oil and with a single wick floating in the oil.

The baluster-form stem is richly formed with prominent lotus petal decoration.

The lamp is in a fine, stable condition without significant losses, dents or repairs. Its age is obvious as is the patina, with the contours having been rounded
and softened from years of use and handling. This is a marvellous example.

It dates to the 18th century and possibly earlier.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 3756 SOLD

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