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Indian Bronze Pooja Oil Lamp Vilakku

Indian Bronze Pooja Oil Lamp Vilakku

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Early to mid. 19th century, Kerala, India.

Delicate cast bronze oil lamp from Kerala, a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India. The Malayalam name "thookku vilakku" are literally translated "pendant light" when the "vilakku" means a lamp. These stunning bronze oil/ghee lamps are integral to several rituals and ceremonies in Hindu families in Kerala. They were also crucial part of the prayer room, the presence of these lamps was an important aspect of ritual worship of a deity. This reverence for the lamp is based on the traditional symbolism of the journey from darkness and ignorance into the light and the knowledge of the ultimate reality. The ancient Indian mantra are introduced in the Brhadāranyaka Upanisad (1.3.28.)

"Asato ma sadgamaya, tamaso ma jyotirgamaya, mrtyorma'mrtam gamaya."

"From falsehood lead me to truth, From darkness lead me to light, From death lead me to immortality."

Finely cast bronze pooja oil lamp with one individual flame/wick. Age-related wear and signs of use. Lovely deep dark green patina. Minimal corrosion. Size approx. 15,5cm x 9,8cm x 2,4cm. 

Provenance: Finnish private collection

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