Antique Hindu Peacock Oil Lamp, India (9526BEB) $365


H: 13″  W: 8.5″  D: 4.75″  | FREE SHIPPING within Continental U.S.!

This graceful brass oil lamp is topped by two peacocks, a large one that held oil and a smaller one decorated with striated lines sitting high on a thin mount with a spiral base. It was used for Hindu prayer rituals (puja) in the home or at temples and for devotional worship. This fine lost wax lamp with a soft patina is a one-of-a-kind piece. Often used in Hindu religious sculptures, peacocks have a strong religious tradition and represent harmony, joy and beauty and the time cycle.



Oil lamps (diya) are used daily by Hindus throughout India for prayer rituals (puja) performed on a home altar or in temples for devotional worship. Hindus believe that diyas are essential, as light itself is the absence of darkness and where evil forces dwell. Light and the act of lighting a lamp signify purity, virtuosity, goodness and brings one good luck and power. Most metalwork Indian-folk-art pieces with this type of design, coil details and finish are made by the Dhokra people, using lost wax casting to produce one-of-a-kind complex articulated patterns with decorative whorls and whimsical imaginative designs. A peacock is a common motif in Indian ancient stories, poems, songs as a symbol of love, joy, peace and harmony.  A protector whose screech warns people of danger, its feathers are placed in homes and are said to protect a home’s energy and attract wealth inside. In 1963, the peacock was declared India’s National Bird due to its religious and legendary heritage in daily life, traditions and culture. There is a similar, more complex designed piece published in the Fowler Museum of Cultural History Catalogue.

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See Other Peacock Lamps Published in Sean Anderson Flames of Devotion, Fowler Museum, 2006 Pg. 77 No. 8, Pg. 81 No. 9, Pg. 86. No. 15, Pg. 91 No. 19, and Pg. 97 No. 28.

Sanskrit, Significance of Peacock Feather in Hinduism.

C.Nichole Triplett, Hindu Mysticism.

Additional information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 18 × 12 × 6 in
Place of Origin





19th Century

Materials and Technique

Bronze/brass/copper alloy

Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 13” W: 8.5” D: 4.75" dia. base

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 33.02cm W: 21.59cm Base: 12.06cm


3 lbs 6 oz


Excellent, fine patina demonstrating age and use

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