Antique/Vintage Votive Silver Puja Spoon, India (3892BES)
H: 6.625: W: 1.625″ D: 0.25″
This finely crafted vintage votive silver spoon was part of an array of objects used for daily Hindu prayers (puja) which were arranged on a puja tray. Solidly cast, it is embellished with beautify flowing and lyrical incising from the elaborate handle down to and including the inside of the spoon it is covered with gorgeous linear designs, florals and stylized lotuses bordered with a stylized rope motif.
A puja tray in Hinduism consists of a bell to welcome the gods and dismiss evil, oil lamps (diya) for illumination and focus on deities, an incense burner to purify the air, container of water, a container of kumkum or sindoor powder for markings called a tikka on the forehead and a spoon for water-serving rituals to offer the gods devotion and respect. Water is offered to the gods on a spoon such as this finely made antique silver spoon to show respect. Water is a sacred way for Hindus to cleanse and purify one’s body, mind and spirit. The mother of the house bathes murti (deity images) to clean and purify them as offerings of reverence and piety. The lotus design on this spoon is a symbolic connection to Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity who is often portrayed sitting on a lotus, her favorite flower. During daily Lakshmi puja, devotees offering her a lotus flower are said to be rewarded with good fortune. This metalwork is part of the VA Hindu-Cultural-and-Ritual Art Collection and the Spiritual-and-Inspirational Collection of Hindu-Art
|Dimensions||8.6875 × 1.75 × 5.4375 in|
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Ht: 6.625 W: 1.625 D: 0.25"
): Ht: 16.82cm W: 4.12cm D: 0.63
Very good, patina and wear consistent with age and use
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