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Nepalese Bronze Beer or Wine Ewer (Dhalacha)

Nepal
18th-19th century

height: 25 cm

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Provenance

UK art market

This ewer, known as a dhalacha, of footed, bulbous form is surmounted by a curved, ridged neck and flaring rim, the spout issuing from a collared head of a makara; makaras being sea monsters that balance the universe on their backs as they move through the cosmic ocean, in Indian-Tibetan cosmology. They have the jaws of a crocodile, the paws of a lion and the trunk of an elephant.

Ewers such as this one were used in Nepal to serve wine or local beer, and to offer alcohol to religious images.

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