Traditional Bird Oil Lamp Thooku Vilakku With Peacocks From South India. Length 45 cm
From our Vintage collection - A rare traditional brass hanging oil Lamp displaying an exquisite feathered bird with a chain crafted with 3 small peacocks and beautifully engraved by skilled artisans from South India.
Such ornate hanging lamps have been used for decades for worship and is claimed to be one from the several heritage lamps of an ancestral family of Kerala.
Called a Thooku-Vilakku - "Hanging oil Lamp", the lamp has an amazing rich dark brown patina and hangs on a chain with a ornate hook and 3 delicately crafted peacocks.
The bird is filled with oil by removing the chain and the oil comes out of a small hole from the mouth of the belly falling into the oil container to ensure the lamp is always full of oil as the oil falls drop by drop when lit with a wick.
Always an integral part of the prayer room, the presence of these lamps was an important aspect of ritual worship offered to a deity and are known to be auspicious.
Length 45 cm with chain. The chain measures 34 cm.
The bird is 15.5 cm in length.
Weight: 1000 Grams