X2001.11.102 Lamp

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Object Name: Lamp
Artist: Unknown
Place of Origin: Nepal
Date: 18th century
Dimensions: H: 20.60 cm, W: 11.00 cm, D: 15.20 cm
Materials Used: Brass, pigment
Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Pal Family. X2001.11.102


The elephant-headed Hindu deity Ganesha is revered as the destroyer of obstacles and is honored at the beginning of many rituals. This explains his prominence on many lamps, which are also lit at the beginning of a ritual. On this lamp, Ganesha sits on a lotus base and is crowned by a hooded naga.

Source: Exhibition wall text, Flames of Devotion: Oil Lamps from South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayas.