Inventory no.: 4655

High-Grade Silver Fluted Holy Water Vessel (Lota), India, circa 1860


High-Grade Silver Fluted Holy Water Vessel (Lota)


circa 1860

diameter: 21cm, height: 12.5cm, weight: 712g

This beautifully-made vessel is a lota designed to hold holy or consecrated water, possibly from the Ganges. It is of high-grade silver. Silver was considered a ‘pure’ metal and thus appropriate for use in Hindu ritual.

It is of flattened, spherical form. It sits on a tiered ring foot, and has a short neck which opens to a wide, lipped mouth.

The sides are gadrooned with 44 fine, elongated, lotus petal-like flutes. A band towards the top is designed to look like an elasticised band as if it is holding a cloth covering up over the body of the vase. A similar band runs around the base.

The vase sits in a perfectly stable manner. It is in excellent condition without repairs or damage. It has an excellent patina and a good ‘feel’ that has come with age and use.


Zebrowski, M., Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.


UK art market

Inventory no.: 4655