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High-Grade Silver Fluted Holy Water Vessel (Lota)
India
circa 1860

diameter: 21cm, height: 12.5cm, weight: 712g

This beautifully-made vessel is a lota designed to hold holy or consecrated water, possibly from the Ganges.  It is of high-grade silver. Silver was considered a
'pure' metal and thus appropriate for use in Hindu ritual.

It is of flattened, spherical form. It sits on a tiered ring foot, and has a short neck which opens to a wide, lipped mouth.

The sides are gadrooned with 44 fine, elongated, lotus petal-like flutes. A band towards the top is designed to look like an elasticised band as if it is holding a
cloth covering up over the body of the vase. A similar band runs around the base.

The vase sits in a perfectly stable manner. It is in excellent condition without repairs or damage. It has an excellent patina and a good 'feel' that has come with
age and use.

References:
Zebrowski, M.,
Gold, Silver & Bronze from Mughal India, Alexandria Press, 1997.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 4655

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