"Tree of Heaven" hanging oil lamp3D Model
The ovoid pan of this bronze lamp is pinched at each end and divided across the center by a barrier to form two oil reservoirs in which wicks were placed. A pyramidal base rises at the center of the barrier to support a bowed tree with a climber, whose right hand touches his face while cradling some object and left hand is extended to hold onto the tree. On the barrier are two birds and an ox. Floral scrolls spring from the ends of the barrier and curve to connect with the tree and climber, creating a screen with a trefoil outline (that may represent a jewel). The lamp would have been hung by a chain attached to the swiveling hanger and knob at the top. Palmette-like appliqués and spiral finials adorn the scrolls.