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Sandalwood Paste Bowl – Gandham Ginni

Most Viewed By November 3, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

  Sandalwood paste is an integral part of Indian culture. Sandalwood paste is called Chandanam or Gandham in India. Indian women from time immemorial used sandalwood paste to beautify their skin. They decorate their face with smearing of sandalwood paste on their face either as a dot in the forehead of a strip on the cheeks. Priests use sandalwood paste…


Antique Iron Talimpu Garite – Tadka Ladle

Most Viewed By November 2, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Andhra food is very spicy, hot, pungent and aromatic. It is well known that Andhras take the hottest food in India. Within Andhra each region has its own flavours. The most distinct factor in Andhra food is its Talimpu technique of seasoning the dishes which gives spicy flavour to the dish. Talimpu is also called as Popu. My mother used…


Vintage Wooden Cabinet Box for Used Laundry Clothes

Most Viewed By October 19, 2013

This beautiful vintage wooden cabinet is made to store clothes meant for washing. Before the invasion of polyester or artificial fabric garments in India, both men and women used to wear cotton clothes. It was a tradition that once bath is taken in the morning every day, Indians used to wear washed clean cotton clothes invariably and kept the used…

A three line design running throughout the circle of the belly of the pot.

Antique Large Brass Rice Cooking Pot – Gundiga

Most Viewed By October 6, 2013

In olden days, temples and big houses used to keep huge brass rice cooking pots to cook and serve rice for important occasions. In Andhra Pradesh, these huge brass rice cooking vessels are called Gundigas (plural). In Vaishnavite temples, it is a common practice to cook rice in large quantities for preparation of Pongal (rice cooked with green gram), Daddojinam…

Large and small brass lassi glasses shown together.

Antique Punjabi Lassi Brass Tumbler Glasses

Most Viewed By October 6, 2013

Punjab is known for its great culture popularly depicted in Bhangra folk dance and spicy dhaba food.  Punjabi food is not complete without a thick creamy Lassi. Lassi is a special Punjabi drink made with Curd or Yogurt or Dahi churned with sugar and spices to form a smooth thick liquid and is best served chilled in a tall brass…

Beatiful stone sculptured statue of a lady drummer purchased in a sale.

How To Acquire Antiques from Genuine Sources – Top Three Tips

Most Viewed By September 18, 2013 Tags: , , , ,

The real joy of acquiring an antique lies in identifying an antique at its original source, persuading the owner to partake it and adding it to your collection. In this process, you get to know the source of the item, the genuineness of the item, the owner of the item, the history of the item, and the purpose for which…


Anthills – One of Nature’s Wonders

Most Viewed By September 5, 2013

I had visited J. Krishnamurti Foundation India located in a deep forest near Bangalore recently. My friend Mr. Sekhar Rao recommended this place for me to attend their three day course appropriately called “Retreat”. It is a marvellous place full of forest greenery, variety of colourful birds, and wild flowers. In the evening, one has to invariably carry a battery…


Copper and silver Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Trumpet

Most Viewed By August 28, 2013

In Hindu and Buddhist religions it is a common practice to offer sound to god along with other offerings like flowers, fruits, water, incense and fire by way of lamp. Hindus offer sound by blowing conch or ring a bell. Buddhist, particularly Tibetan Buddhists offer sound by blowing a trumpet. This trumpet is called Tibetan Dungchen and also Rag-dung. This…

Side view of Antique Brass and Copper Kamandalam.

Antique Brass And Copper Kamandalam

Most Viewed By August 4, 2013 Tags: , ,

Kamandalam is a water pot with a handle used by Hindu religious sadhus, sanyasis, munis, yogis, ascetics, Buddhist monks and Hindu mendicants to carry water. Kamandalam represents a self-contained and simple life. Kamandalam is also called as Kamandal or Kamandalu. It is traditionally made out of ripe bottle gourd, or pumpkin, or coconut shell, or from wood of the Kamandalataru…