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Sambrani Incense Brass Pot

18
Jul
Sambrani Incense Brass Pot
Sambrani smoke from charcoal fire in brass pot. Do you know how ladies used to dry their hair after a head bath in those good old days when electric hair driers were not available?  Yes! They had a traditional style of drying the hair with perfumed hot air. Sounds romantic and feels cosy doesn’t it? In the old days, when modern gadgets had not yet invaded the lives of humans, drying wet hair after the bath was a cosmetic ritual. Ladies used Sambrani dhoop, the incense smoke that is generated...
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Vintage Bronze Drinking Water Glass

12
Jul
Vintage Bronze Drinking Water Glass
One of the wonders of creation is water. 90% of the human body is water. Without water, there is no life on earth. The entire species on earth have learnt to drink water in their own way. The primitive man started drinking water from his cupped hands and with progress in civilisation the man started using a variety of glasses made of different materials. Till the invention of stainless steel, aluminium, and plastic, common man was using brass, bronze, and copper glasses for drinking water. Now...
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Antique Copper Water Storage Pot – Pani Ka Ghada

30
Jun
Antique Copper Water Storage Pot – Pani Ka Ghada
The dimensions of the pot: 15” diameter at the belly,  4” diameter at the mouth, Height – 12” This antique copper water storage pot is from the state of Rajasthan, India. Most part of Rajasthan is a desert or arid land and water is a scarce commodity. It is a common sight in rural Rajasthan that women carry up to 3 pots full of water at a time on their head from a long distance.  The water acquired with such a trouble is very precious and has to be protected by all means. Keeping...
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Antique Brass Massage Oil Cups

08
Jun
Antique Brass Massage Oil Cups
  During my younger days, the monthly ritual in our family was that all children were required to take an oil bath. To begin with, my mother used to apply a fistful of coconut oil on the top of my head and keep on patting at the same spot chanting a variety of blessings.  One blessing I still remember is “Nuvvu F.A. inka B.A. pass ayyi Collector avvali” meaning that I should pass F.A. (Fellow of Arts) and B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) and become a Collector. I did pass F.A. and B.A. but did...
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Antique Brass Drinking Pots

27
May
Antique Brass Drinking Pots
Ancient Indian wisdom of storing water in brass vessels for healthy living is now proved to be a scientific fact. Extending the same habit, ancient Indians drank their water from brass pots. This culture was prevalent till the beginning of 20th century and that was when the stainless steel and plastic culture pushed out the use of brass as a medium of storing and drinking water. Modern world, enamoured by the comfort of stainless steel and the economic aspect of the plastic, had started using...
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Antique Brass Flower Baskets

27
May
Antique Brass Flower Baskets
Flowers are one of the most beautiful and colourful creations in nature. Everybody loves flowers and we use them for various purposes. Flowers are an essential part of the Hindu way of doing ritual prayers known as “Pooja”. Hindu scriptures say that essentially any of the three things namely “Pushpam”, “Phalam”, and “Toyam” meaning flower, fruit, and water should be offered to God. The first place is given to flowers for offering to God as Hindus believe that flowers are the...
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Maha Kumbh Mela

13
Apr
Maha Kumbh Mela
  It is a dream come true for me. At last, I managed to take the pilgrimage to Maha Kumbh Mela, 2013. Though I had the intense desire to see the magnificent spectacle that is Kumbh Mela, all my attempts failed due to non-availability of tickets and lack of the right company. I was warned not to take a journey all alone. The media coverage of the Mela and narrative description of the people who have already visited had increased my urge to join the millions of pilgrims that visit this holy...
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Antique Brass Oil Diyas

02
Mar
Antique Brass Oil Diyas
Gaja Diya Gaja in Sanskrit means Elephant, and Diya is an oil lamp with a wick. This oil lamp is crafted to show an Elephant carrying a diya on its back. Gaja Diya. It is customary that Gods, Kings and Dignitaries sit in a howdah placed on a caparisoned Elephant. They do not sit directly on the back of the Elephant. In this picture showing Gaja diya, the diya is not placed directly on the back of the Elephant but is placed on an elevated place representing howdah and there is caparison design...
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Antique Brass Pulusu Gangalam

27
Feb
Antique Brass Pulusu Gangalam
My collection of Antique Brass Pulusu Gangalam. Gangalam is a huge metal vessel normally used for cooking food and storage of water. Pulusu is an Andhra special food item prepared with Tamarind juice and vegetables cooked together with spices and seasoned to get the special flavour. This dish is a semi liquid item with vegetables and is eaten mixed with hot rice. The picture shown here is a Gangalam made exclusively for cooking Pulusu and hence is known as Pulusu Gangalam. This elegant looking...
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Antique Brass Tiruchoornam Bharani (Container)

10
Feb
Antique Brass Tiruchoornam Bharani (Container)
  Tiruchoornam Bharani in the shape of fish. This wonderful art object in the form of a fish is actually a Bharani (Container) made out of Brass metal used for storage of red powder called Tiruchoornam. Tiruchoornam is used by Vaishnavite sect of Hindu Brahmin Community to apply Namam, a religious mark on their forehead. Vaishnavism and the Namam  Namam depicting the Vishnu Padam (foot) in “U” shape in white colour and red colour line in between “U” shape depicting Goddess...
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