This Listing is For a Ritual ( Religious) Patinated Bronze Oil Lamp From Nepal. It is The Second of Its Type I Have in My Offerings Which is Marvellous as I am Able to Study Both of The Lamps Design And Quality to Conduct a Comparative Analysis. The Most Noticeable Difference Between This Lamp And The Other I Have Listed is The Height, This Lamp Being Essentially Shorter And Smaller Overall. However That is Where The Differences Cease And The Similarities Begin To Accumulate. Both Made of a More Practical Lighter Weight Cast Bronze or Copper Alloy Using The Lost Wax Technique And Both Cast in Three Separate But Connectable Sections.
This Lamp is Busy And Varied in Terms of Decorative Motifs And Design.
At The Highest Point a Flaming Aureole Surrounds An Upright Multi- Arm Figure Of Lord Ganesh Upon a Platform Which in Turn Supports a Circular Perimeter of Lozenge- Form Drops Which Terminate at The Immediate Front Where an Oil Reservoir Extends. The Column That Supports This is Cast With Repeating Motifs of The Buddha in Meditative State. Additionally on Each Side of The Column Project Matching Makara Head Terminals Supported by Tendrils. The Base is Fashioned Into The Form of a Sitting Tortoise ( Kurma, an Avatar of Lord Vishnu) Below an Openwork Dome-Shaped Base. The Rather Special Design Allows The Lamp To Be Disassembled Into Three (3) Sections Presumably For Transport And or Safe Keeping. Interestingly, The Hindu Religion Would Normally Associate The Image Of Ganesh With Shaivism. However Ganesh is One of The Most Recognised And Popular Deities in The Hindu Pantheon So I am Not Surprised to See Him Represented in a Vaishnav Ritual Object. This Genuine Antique Treasure Remains Appropriate For Devotional Purposes But Additionally Offers a Rather Complex And Mysterious Aesthetic That in My Experience Has Been Learnt And Acquired Over The Years.
Definitely a Room Enhancer.

Age: Circa 1900
Origin: Nepal
Condition: Extremely Good- Some General Wear From Age And Use.
Height: 43.5 cm

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Antique Nepalese Ritual Bronze Oil Lamp - Vaishnava


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