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Nepalese Gilt Copper Holy Water Vessel Bhumpa

Nepalese Gilt Copper Holy Water Vessel Bhumpa

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19th or early 20th century, Nepal

Stunningly beautiful important old ceremonial holy water vessel, Bhumpa, used in Tibetan Buddhism for holding sacred water that has been blessed by the Guru. Water is most important both in Hindu and Buddhist rituals and is always present on the altar in a elegant vessel or in some other container. In Buddhism, the Bhumpa contains ambrosia (Amrita or Dutsi) the elixir of immortality, which provides long life. The presence of Bhumpa (with blessed water) also dispels negativity and wards off evil spirits. The Bhumpa has a long spout for pouring holy water to purify persons, places or objects. Bhumpas are widely used by Gurus in many types of ceremonies, from important purification rituals for new houses, monuments and holy sites, to simple blessings to protect disciples from harmful forces. Also known as ritual vase, used for holding holy water in any ritual ceremonies. During the Tantric rituals, two matching Bhumpas are usually placed on the altar. The "principal" vase (Tsoboum)contains holy water for mandala deities whose practice is accomplished, and remains upon the altar in the monastery or temple, while the second, the "action" vase (Léboum), is used for the actual pouring of water for purification during the various stages of the ritual.

Hand hammered gilt copper Bhumpa displays beautiful engraving and detailed embossed metalwork to both the raised base, the top and the spout. The sacred vessel are covered with colorful fabrics. The top part normally hold a spray of peacock feathers, symbolizing ”immunity from life’s poisons”. Age-related heavy wear and signs of use over many years. Dents and loose parts. Partially worn out gold finish. Size approx. 16,0cm x 10,0cm x 8,0cm.

Provenance: Finnish private collection

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