'Ting Kong' Lantern

These lanterns were made of lacquered wood and gilded. The word 'Teng' is a Chinese (Hokkien) word for lantern. The 'Ting Kong' lantern was hung outside a Chinese house and it was one of the first things one would see in front of a traditional Peranakan Chinese ancestral house. The lanterns were used in worship of 'Ting Kong' – the ‘Heavenly Grandfather’. This is the Chinese folk name for the Jade Emperor, one of the most important deities worshipped by the Peranakan Chinese.

Date/Period
Late 19th century
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Object size: H64.3 x W32 x D27.2 cm
Accession No.
2008-00216
Material
namwood, glass
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Furniture

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