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Bronze Holy Cup
This bronze panch patra was fabricated in Western India, probably in the state of Maharashtra, during the 19th Century.[147A] Embossed decorations of typical Indian floral and foliate designs are finely chiseled, encircling the top and bottom of the bronze cup between rows of concentric lines crafted by hammer and punch work.[144B] Panch patra are used in religious rituals in offering water to idols. An example can be seen in "Everyday Art of India".[147A] Letters from the Marathi language, used in many states in Western India, are hammered into the side. Possibly the city of Baroda was inscribed on the bottom, some of it has been chased off. The holy cup sits on 4 bronze peg feet and has a reddish brown patina. The olive yellow color of the bronze metal shows through the worn pegs and chiseled Indian floral-foliate designs. Concentric bands are also inside the top of the cup and are the total motif of the sides and top of the cup's flat lip. It has a strong bell metal ring when struck. More information and references available on our website. Size: ~ 3 3/8" H x 3 1/2"; Weight: ~ 462 grams


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