Fish-Shaped Lamp, anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1500

Fish-Shaped Lamp, anonymous, c. 1300 - c. 1500

bronze (metal), h 18cm × w cm × d cm. More details

This lamp is cast in the form of a gigantic fish. It could be filled with oil and lit by a wick sticking out of its mouth. The young woman is the heroine Shri Tanjung who rode to heaven on a fish after being falsely accused and murdered by her jealous husband. This scene from Javanese literature was often used to describe the journey of the soul after death.

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