This is a conch shell which was used as a libation cup, the conch shell (shanka) has a ritualistic and symbolic importance in Hindu ceremonies, usually, real conch shells are used. But in this case, it has been cast in brass. This example would have been cast as a water scoop and libation vessel, to be used to pour sacred water over a bronze image of a deity or a lingam.
Acquired in 1967 at the famous auction house Lempertz in Cologne.
Auction 496/174, since then, in an old German collection under the inventory number J34-1082. The collection was sold at auction, hence this oil lamp now being offered.
A scan of the original catalogue is shown.
The lamp will be disinfected in accordance with hygiene standards for the coronavirus pandemic and shipped well packaged and insured with DHL.
- Nombre total d’articles
- coquille de conque
- XIXe siècle
- Région/Pays d’origine
- Titre de l’œuvre d’art
- Feine und selten Öllampe aus berühmter Auktion
- Très bon état, voir la description
- 4.7×5.6×11.2 cm