Oil Lamp Holder

unknownRepublic of Korea/Joseon Dynasty

National Folk Museum of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea

This is a type of lighting device that has a wick and uses oil as fuel. Lamps are made of earthenware, celadon, white porcelain as well as metals including iron and brass, or even jade. There are various shapes of lamps including liquor vessel, sauce pot, bottle, soup bowl, and cylinder. These lamps are fueled by plant-based oil including sesame oil, soybean oil and castor oil, or animal-based oil such as lard, beef tallow, and fish oil, and generally stood on a lamp stand. Twisted cotton or paper was used to make a wick. Some wine glass-shaped lamps were as big as a temple lamp. Calabash lamps are suitable for highly inflammable fuel and have two wickers with a cover. Sauce bowl-shaped lamps made of white porcelain are Korean traditional lamps, and they have no foot with their wicker in a soak of oil inside.

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  • Title: Oil Lamp Holder
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Republic of Korea/Joseon Dynasty
  • Location: 한국
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall height 39 Foot diameter 24
  • Type: Housing/Daily Supplies/Family Heirloom Item/Lighting Fixture/Lampstand
  • Medium: Wood/Pine wood