Large Brass Lota | Water Vessel Hand Engraved With Hindu Deities & Elephants - Ht 16 cm x Circum 55 cm

This exquisite brass 16 cm tall Lota with a dark patina, handcrafted by artisans from the South of India display a beautiful, sculptural form with fine and delicate engravings done by hand of Hindu deities, elephants and floral motifs.

Brass Lotas were used in India to store and serve water. Water was tipped from the mouth of the vessel into the mouth and also used to pour water over the hands and feet to cleanse.

The traditional Indian wisdom of storing water in brass vessels was meant for healthy living and Indians drank their water from brass pots till the beginning of 20th century using brass as a medium of storing and drinking water.

The vessel is now used by urbanites as an exquisite vase and kept at a prominent place in the house with fresh flowers. 

This fine example is of a form typical of the eighteenth century. Its surface is smooth and has been engraved by hand.  

Size: Height 16 cm x  Diameter of mouth 10 cm and base is 9.5 cm with a circumference of 55 cm .

Weight:1.20 Kilograms