This Most Interesting Object is Deceptively Rare. It Originates From Nepal and Would Once Have Functioned as a Ritual Oil Lamp. Based on the Rather Large Size it Seems Likely to Have Come From a Temple or Perhaps an Important Household. The Motifs Used by The Sculpture Suggest it Was Made For a Worshiper of Lord Vishnu, a Vaishnava. At The Rear of The Oil Reservoir is a Small Figure of Garuda ( Lord Vishnu's Vehicle ) and Just Above The Steeped Base Sits a Tortoise ( Kurma, an Avatar of Lord Vishnu ). The Column is Decorated With Repeating Images of The Seated Buddha in Meditative State. The Lower Platform That Supports Garuda is Surrounded by Lozenge Shaped Drops That Swing With Movement. The Upper Platform is Missing The Figure That Would Once Have Stood There But I do Have a Pleasing Solution if You Wish To Enquire. The Rear of The Upper Platform Supports a Busy And Complex Flowering Mandorla. The Lamp Metal Appears to Be of Copper Alloy And As Illustrated in The Last Image, Can Be Disassembled For Storage or Transport. The Condition of The Lamp is Generally Good Although it Has Been Used And Therefore Does Show Signs of Age And Use. There Are Four (4) Missing Lozenge Shaped Drops And as Previously Mentioned The Figure From The Upper Platform. If You Are Interested I am Happy To Send You an Image of The Replacement That I Have Used Which is a Copper Alloy Figure Which Does Work Spectacularly!
The Dimensions of This Lamp Are: 89 cm high x 18.5 Square ( at The Base )
I Would Date This Lamp to The Late 19th or Early 20th Century Circa 1890-1910.
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Antique Rare Nepalese Vaishnava Temple Oil Lamp Circa 1900 Nepal
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