Vintage Brass Oil Lamp From South India "Thooku Vilakku". Length 51 cm x Dia 10 cm

From our Heritage collection - Rare Vintage Hanging Lamp used for decades to worship the Goddesses and claimed to be one from the several ancestral lamps of a family from Kerala in the Kannur region. 

Called a Thooku-Vilakku - "Hanging Lamp" in Malayalam with an amazing copper patina and a thick link chain, the lamp is handcrafted from bell metal with 7 grooves for lighting the lamp with oil and wicks and the bottom level for the dripping oil using the process of metal casting as per traditional practises by skilled artisans.

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 a day was kept aside for its worship on one no moon day in the month of Shravan.

This reverence for the Lamp is based on the symbolism of the journey from darkness and ignorance to light and the knowledge of the ultimate reality – 'Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya!.

The lamp Measures:  

Length with chain 51 cm with diameter of 10 cm

Length of the chain: 38 cm 

Weight : 1.40 kilograms