Exhibiting Historical Art: Out of the Vault: Stories of People and Things

Bronze Lamp Biography

The lamp was likely created in the twentieth century in Southeast Asia, after the original Pong Tuk lamp was found in 1927. It was likely purchased in Southeast Asia by a collector who specialized in Asian art. In 1985, the lamp was donated to the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery.  The lamp appeared in the exhibit “Up Close and Personal: Intimate Devotions and Everyday Objects in Late Antiquity” in 2015. It was not identified as a reproduction until this exhibit. 

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