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    Unusual Indian Bronze Votive Lamp

    Gujarat, India
    18th century

    height: 11cm

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    Provenance

    UK art market

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    This small cast bronze lamp comprises a tusked elephant with a deity astride holding a large oil tray. The tray has a pear shape and would have been filled with oil. The pointed part at the front is where the wick would have rested.

    The deity sits erect and has a high headdress with flowing ribbons. The elephant has an unusually long tail.

    Lamps of such form seem to have been used in Gujarat, and would have been used in conjunction with a family’s altar and in connection with puja or prayer rituals.

    The lamp has been cast as a single piece. It has been worn smooth from much use and handling and has a wonderful, dark patina.

    References

    Kelkar, D.G., Lamps of India, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India, 1961.

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