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Bronze Ghee Lamp for Offering to Shiva

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Bronze Ghee Lamp for Offering to Shiva
This Ghee lamp is an elaborate devotional altar piece to the Hindu deity, Shiva. The bronze object incorporates Shiva's vehicle, Nandi the Bull, to hold the religious apparatus and Naga (Sanskrit for serpent) to balance the bowl above the Shiva Symbol. Shiva is in his most common aniconic symbol, the Lingham stone (phallus). The bowl, a three piece construction, probably held clarified cow butter for burning offerings to Shiva. The light from the butter flame symbolizes wisdom, dispelling the darkness of ignorance. The Lingham is revealed only when the lotus flower is opened (via a mechanical dial). The metal bowl is dented and leaks. There is a new felt base on the bottom. The wheel which opens the lotus is functional. More pictures, history and references available on our website. Size: ~ 8 3/4" H x 3" x 2 1/2" (with lotus open); Weight: ~ 462 grams

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