Dong Son Culture , 2nd – 1st century B.C.
Rare oil lamp, 16 cm long, from a mixture of Vietnamese and Chinese traditions. It is rare to find oil lamps combining anthropomorphic representations as well figured and animals. Here, kneeling figures with facial features characteristic of the Dôngsonian aesthetic alternate with stylized birds, as if posed on a branch. Lamps of this shape, with this type of handle, have been found in Vietnam in Han type tombs, of Chinese tradition. They testify to the sensitive adaptation, through Vietnamese creativity, of a form of Chinese origin.
Provenance: Private collection, France.
X ray CIRAM n°1107-OA-04B-39.