. Puja Lamp with Devotees. 1821. brass. Gift for Guthrie-Goodwin Collection. 1948.4.
height: 9 in, 22.8600 cm; width: 10 in, 25.4000 cm; depth: 3 7/8 in, 9.8425 cm
Incised characters in face of self base; Two lines incised on base identify figures as father, mother, stepmother of donor, Daavadatra. Dated NS 941 (1821 A.D.).
Puja Lamp with Devotees
This five-cupped lamp would have been used in the religious puja rituals in a Nepali temple or family shrine, when offering are placed before the image of a deity. The inscription on the base of the lamp identifies the donor as Daanadatra. Idealized images of his deceased father, his mother, and stepmother are shown in prayer below the cups of the lamp. The presence of human figures is rather unusual as most puja lamps bear the image of just a single deity.
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