X2001.11.69 Incense burner

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Object Name: Incense burner
Artist: Unknown
Place of Origin: South India
Date: 18th century
Dimensions: H: 23.70 cm, W: 9.50 cm, D: 25.00 cm
Materials Used: Brass
Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Pal Family. X2001.11.69

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Description

The bull Nandi, sacred vehicle (vahana) of Shiva, dominates this incense holder, which can be used in an arati ritual in the same way as a lamp. Rather than wicks burning oil or ghee, in this case sticks of incense are inserted in the small holes that mount the arch.

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

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