Oil lamp

This ceremonial oil lamp or 'pelita sam kai' consists of two parts - a carved wooden hexagonal base, often gilded and inlaid with mother-of-pearl and a glass candy jar fixed atop it. Peranakans in Singapore and Malacca used these rare ceremonial oil lamps only during weddings and 'Ting Kong Seh' or the birthday of 'Ting Kong', the Jade Emperor. When used, the jars were often filled with water and a red colouring with the cover inverted and filled with oil. A wick was then placed on the cover and lit.

Date/Period
Late 19th century
Region
Straits Settlements
Dimension
Object size: H46 x W14.1 x D16.4 cm
Accession No.
2007-55868
Material
namwood, glass
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Furnishings