Bird-Shaped Oil Lamp

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The bird‑headed handle of this lamp was cast separately from its three‑spouted body. Oil was poured into the lamp through the large opening, once covered with a lid, as indicated by the surviving hinge. A tab on the base and keyholes on the body demonstrate that the lamp could either rest on a stand or hang from a chain. The inscription conveys good wishes, and the absence of a dedication suggests that the piece was made for the market rather than as a private commission.

Bird-Shaped Oil Lamp, Bronze; cast, engraved, inlaid with silver and copper

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