Bronze oil lamp element representing a hamsa. The upper part of oil lamp (dipa) is of anseriforme fitted with grasp loop. Depicts an adorned sacred hamsa duck or goose with spread tail feathers. Symbolized breath of life and cosmic vehicle of god Brahma.
These oil lamps were used in numerous Hindu ceremonies to venerate divinities, notably during offerings for Divinity flame. These oil lamps (or clarified butter ghee) were also used in the Buddhist and Jainism worship.
Southern India / Tamil Nadu, 19th Century
Height: 13 cm (5 in.)