X2001.11.68a-c Lamp or candle holder

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Object Name: Lamp or candle holder

Artist: Unknown

Place of Origin: Kerala, India

Date: 18th century

Dimensions: H: 33.50 cm, W: 33.50 cm, D: 19.20 cm

Materials Used: Bronze

Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Pal Family. X2001.11.68a-c


This boat-shaped lamp from a temple devoted to Vishnu features eleven musicians standing along one side and five devotees on the other. The last figure before the bow appears to be Hanuman, the monkey god, while a rider on a horse or bull mounts the prow. The cups now contain candle stubs, but they may once have been used for oil and wicks.

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