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.