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Indian Bronze Holy Water Vessel Vazhipadu Panai

Indian Bronze Holy Water Vessel Vazhipadu Panai

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Early to mid. 19th century, Tanjore-Madurai region, Tamil Nadu, Southern India 

Magnificent, important and rare holy water vessel, Vazhipadu panai, constructed from finely cast thick copper alloy. This wonderful, aged lota vessel is of compressed globular form and rests upon a flared pedestal foot and has gently curved sides, with wide corseted neck which widens to a mouth with a broad rim decorated with repeated floral openwork design. The surface is embellished with complex rows of punch-marked dots and circles, with fascinating hammered inscription, possibly in a Tamil script. Such vessels were used at temples during pujas, yagnas, and social and religious rituals to store water, probably purificatory holy water, perhaps from the Ganges.

Excellent condition. Age-related wear and light abrasion. No repairs. Superb patina. Interior with encrusted, build-up residue, consistent with age and sustained usage. Size approx. 20,3cm x 14,8cm x 14,8cm.  

Provenance: Finnish private collection

For a similar example see:

Worship Pot (66.), Oppi Untracht et al, Metal Marvels: South Asian Handworks (Porvoo: Porvoo Museum, 1993): p. 44. 

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