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At the apex of the handle is a small hole through which a large silver eye pin has been inserted.  To either side of this hole, the top face of the handle has been chased with a stylised lotus bud.  \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe large hole in the eye of the pin allows the bucket to be suspended by a rope, cord or chain. Another bulbous lotus bud shaped terminal has been attached to the bottom of the pin, preventing the pin from being pulled back up through the hole.  \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe lotus ornamentation on the bucket suggests that it would probably have been used for holding water for the Puja ceremony.  Puja (pooja) is the most popular form of daily worship, or ritual, practiced in Hindu households. The purpose of the ceremony is to create a spiritual connection with the divine. When the spiritual connection with the deity has been established, flowers and water are offered.  The puja ceremony varies in length and complexity but requires a number of dedicated articles for its performance, with each object associated with the ritual having its own particular significance. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe lingam signifies the presence of the invisible, transcendental Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and combines the three functions of creation, defence and destruction. The term indicates an emblem, a symbol of Shiva, sign of the male sex: the phallus.  Yoni is a Sanskrit word, literally \"origin\" or \"source\" or \"womb\", a symbol for the goddess \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Shakti\"\u003eShakti\u003c\/a\u003e, representing female creative energy. The union of lingam and yoni represents the \"indivisible two-in-oneness of male and female, the passive space and active time from which all life originates\". \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Lingayat sect is monotheistic and a departure from mainstream Hinduism, focusing only on the worship of Lord Shiva.  Established in the 12\u003csup\u003eth\u003c\/sup\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003ecentury, there are many followers in Southern India, particularly in the state of Karnataka.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eProvenance:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e        \u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003eUK art market\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSize:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e                        Height:  18 cms Width:  9 cms  \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eWeight:               \u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e  \u003c\/strong\u003e332 grammes\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eReferences:\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEva Rudy Jansen, The book of Hindu imagery: gods, manifestations and their meaning. Binkey Kok Publications (2003) [1993] \u003c\/p\u003e"}

Antique Indian Silver Water Bucket, India – 18th Century

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This silver water bucket was made by Indian craftsman for the home market. The bucket, of baluster shape and standing on a flared foot, would have been used for ritual purposes.  The ornamentation has been derived from elements of the lotus flower. Three ribbon borders of scrolling lotus and foliate pattern surround the bucket.  The first is placed at the base, just above the juncture with the foot; the second, around the widest part of the body and the third, just below the rim.  Two large silver discs stand proud of the rim and are firmly attached below it, terminating with petal (or yoni) shaped  plates with engraved decoration.

The thick curved, bow shaped handle has been threaded through the discs and is held in place by the large lotus bud shaped upturned terminals at either end, which act as retainers.  The protruding lotus buds could be interpreted as lingam. At the apex of the handle is a small hole through which a large silver eye pin has been inserted.  To either side of this hole, the top face of the handle has been chased with a stylised lotus bud.  

The large hole in the eye of the pin allows the bucket to be suspended by a rope, cord or chain. Another bulbous lotus bud shaped terminal has been attached to the bottom of the pin, preventing the pin from being pulled back up through the hole.  

The lotus ornamentation on the bucket suggests that it would probably have been used for holding water for the Puja ceremony.  Puja (pooja) is the most popular form of daily worship, or ritual, practiced in Hindu households. The purpose of the ceremony is to create a spiritual connection with the divine. When the spiritual connection with the deity has been established, flowers and water are offered.  The puja ceremony varies in length and complexity but requires a number of dedicated articles for its performance, with each object associated with the ritual having its own particular significance. 

The lingam signifies the presence of the invisible, transcendental Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and combines the three functions of creation, defence and destruction. The term indicates an emblem, a symbol of Shiva, sign of the male sex: the phallus.  Yoni is a Sanskrit word, literally "origin" or "source" or "womb", a symbol for the goddess Shakti, representing female creative energy. The union of lingam and yoni represents the "indivisible two-in-oneness of male and female, the passive space and active time from which all life originates". 

The Lingayat sect is monotheistic and a departure from mainstream Hinduism, focusing only on the worship of Lord Shiva.  Established in the 12th century, there are many followers in Southern India, particularly in the state of Karnataka.

Provenance:         UK art market

Size:                        Height:  18 cms Width:  9 cms  

Weight:                  332 grammes

References:

Eva Rudy Jansen, The book of Hindu imagery: gods, manifestations and their meaning. Binkey Kok Publications (2003) [1993] 

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