X2001.11.79 Lamp and incense burner

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Object Name: Lamp and incense burner
Artist: Unknown
Place of Origin: Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India
Date: 20th century
Dimensions: H: 14.70 cm, W: 5.70 cm, D: 10.30 cm
Materials Used: Bronze
Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Pal Family. X2001.11.79


This elephant with four riders standing on the howdah (covered seat) shows the fine detail typical of Bastar lost-wax casting. An oil cup sits atop the elephant’s trunk, while the howdah provides a platform for burning incense.

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