Lamp with a tortoise base

This is an unusual Vaishnava lamp with a tortoise base, a grate to burn incense on its back. Three tiers of small lamp bowls are arranged in front of it to hold wicks and small quantity of oil. The handle is very long and designed in the shape of a gopuram, temple tower. This object suggests the use of specialised ritual objects in the worship of various gods.

Date/Period
19th century
Region
Tamil Nadu, South India
Dimension
Object size: H:9.0 x L:45.8 x W:25.1
Accession No.
1998-01079
Material
Brass
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Brass