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Metal temple ornament from Nepal or Tibet

This metal temple ornament is from Nepal or Tibet. It is one of a collection of objects collected by General Francis Younghusband during a march to Lhasa, Tibet. General Younghusband was British Commissioner to Tibet from 1902-1904.

The main religion in Tibet is Tibetan Buddhism, while in Nepal the majority religion is Hinduism. This ornament includes a depiction of the Hindu god Ganesha so is most likely from a Hindu temple in Nepal, but Ganesha is sometimes also represented in Buddhism. This may be an oil lamp, with the small bowls in front of the Ganesha statues acting as oil reservoirs.

Museum object number REDMG : 1973.22.1

height 570 mm

See related topic: World Collection: Belief

A very similar hanging lamp from Nepal, in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum.