Spouted brass lotas were used in India to store and serve water. Water was tipped from the spout into the mouth (although not by actually putting the lips to the spout) and in South India, they were used to pour water over the hands and feet.
This brass Lota handcrafted by artisans from the South of India brass has a beautiful, sculptural form with an unusually long and prominent spout relative to the body.
The patina is even, smooth and lustrous with a flattened, spherical body, a thick round neck, a concave neck at the rim where the curved and an elegant spout that narrows as it reaches the aperture with a flared, ring foot.
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.
This fine example is of a form typical of the eighteenth century. Its surface is plain and unembellished. It is a superb, perfectly-cast heritage item.
Size: Height 12 cm x Length 18 cm / Dia of mouth 7.5 cm and base of Dia 9.5 cm
Weight: 1 kilogram
Care: Please do not use any chemicals or harsh powders to retain its antique nature. Use a dry or slightly moist cloth or a little mustard oil to preserve the finish.