Traditional Lamps

Location: The corridor between the Yi Museum and Miao Museum in North Park

While fire symbolizes civilization, lamp is a milestone of progress.

Fire is the friend of human kind. It brought warmth and food to people in ancient times. It represents supreme power, enabling human beings to survive from the stresses of the nature.

Oil lamp brings brightness to the homes. As small as a green bean, the fire on the top of lamp wick drive away the darkness surrounding people, empowering the timid young wives to smile. A simple lamp set is reposed the hope of women and aspiration of scholars. As a simple utensil in people’s daily life, it is also a token of happiness and vibrant of family.

Accompanied by the oil lamps, mothers with grey hair are waiting worriedly for their sons who haven’t returned and girls are sewing shoes for their lovers with beaming smile. A big red candle on a high candle stand is brightening the bridal chamber, awaiting the arrival of the bride and bridegroom. While the small oil lamp hold in the mouth of miners testifies to their hard life. The wind-proof lamp and barn lamp that defy wind embolden men to travel in deep dark. When the hundreds of thousands of lamps compete for brilliance, it is a day for playing with appreciating lamp at the time of year. All the people will gather to the crowd of lamps, playing with lanterns in the hope of a good harvest.

The ancient lamps are now getting away from us and replaced by bright street light and neon lights along the Changan Street. Lamps have taken part more in our life.

Pottery lamp, porcelain lamp, copper lamp, iron lamp, tin lamp, wood lamp, barn lantern, gas lantern, wind-proof lantern, oil lamp, hanging lantern, kiln lamp, kang lamp and mining lamp, they are all the witness to people’s life, spanning 7 hundred years from Ming Dynasty to the end of 1960s.

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