X2001.11.20 Lamp

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Object Name: Lamp
Artist: Unknown
Place of Origin: Madhya Pradesh, India
Date: 19th century
Dimensions: H: 10.30 cm, W: 7.50 cm, D: 20.50 cm
Materials Used: Bronze
Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Pal Family. X2001.11.20


The bowl of this unusual lamp sits atop a cast head. The handle carries several symbols associated with the Hindu deity Shiva, including a lingam (phallic symbol), a bull, and a trident mark on the underside of the naga’s hood.

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