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Lamps from India

India has a rich tradition of lamps made largely in metal, and terracotta. Here are a few from our collection
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large oil lamps with multi-tiered basins or thattus are known as the thattu vilakku.The basins are odd in number and a lamp could have upto 153 of them. They are usually used in temples. This particular one has a peacock finial.

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The #kuthiraVilakku is a hanging oil lamp with a horse head as its most prominent design feature.The lamp is engineered to ensure that whichever direction the lamp is turned, it will return to its original position. It also remains horizontal, thus ensuring that no oil is ever spilled. and makes it suitable for outdoor usage where it may be exposed to wind. The horse is a martial motif, so this is reserved for the use of the warrior class..This lamp dates from the #18thCentury, #Kerala

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Cast bronze, In most respects, this oil lamp resembles the #nilavilakku or floor lamp used in Hindu temples and homes. However, the elongated finial that surmounts the nilavilakku is replaced in this example by the Cross associated with the Jacobite Syrian Christian community.

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Thooku vilakku or hanging lamps crafted in bronze or brass are a common feature at temples, churches, mosques and domestic shrines in Kerala. Traditionally, they were lit each day at dusk, before any other lamp was lit in the house. his lamp dates from the #18thCentury, #Kerala

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Cast bronze, Kerala, #aal vilakku or Banyan lamp is inspired by that of the banyan tree. The tiered branches and leaves of the ‘lamp-tree’ form myriad small oil holders – often an auspicious number such as 1001. Such lamps are usually large and reserved for ritual use in Hindu temples.

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Cast bronze, This #thookuvilakku or hanging oil lamp has a circular base that supports an oil well with a single, large indentation for a wick. A semi-circular frieze above the basin depicts Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth,She is flanked by two elephants (gaja) that are depicted pouring water from their trunk over the goddess, This aspect, known as #Gajalaskhmi, represents prosperity, good luck, and abundance.

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Oil lamps or #vilakkus, integral part in Hindu temples, domestic shrines, and homes were incorporated into the rituals of early Christian converts in #Kerala. This lamp dates from the #17thCentury,

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View of the installation with traditional cast bronze lamps from India in the Jaya He Museum, Mumbai International Airport

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Cast bronze, Kerala, The #kavaravilakku, literally the 'branched lamp', represents the cosmic tree of life

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The #kuthiraVilakku is a hanging oil lamp with a horse head as its most prominent design feature.The lamp is engineered to ensure that whichever direction the lamp is turned, it will return to its original position. It also remains horizontal, thus ensuring that no oil is ever spilled. and makes it suitable for outdoor usage where it may be exposed to wind. The horse is a martial motif, so this is reserved for the use of the warrior class..This lamp dates from the #18thCentury, #Kerala

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