Object Name: Burner
Place of Origin: Kerala, India
Date: 19th century
Dimensions: H: 23.50 cm, W: 9.00 cm, D: 12.40 cm
Materials Used: Brass
Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of the Pal Family. X2001.11.83
One of the most common lamp types is the Lakshmi dipa, a lamp in the form of the goddess Lakshmi holding an oil burner in her outstretched arms. As the deity of prosperity, Lakshmi is a focus of domestic worship, most often by women, and her form appears in characteristic regional expressions throughout India. The goddess crowned with a multi-headed snake (naga)—although she follows the form of the Lakshmi lamps—is probably meant to represent a female deity known as a nagini.
Source: Exhibition wall text, Flames of Devotion: Oil Lamps from South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayas.