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Candle holder with Brahma mounted on a goose. The contours of the holder follow the shape of a leaf of a Pipal tree (the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment), and the upper section is moulded in relief to represent the tiered form of a Buddhist stupa or reliquary monument."Used in special ceremkonies such as the procession three times round the temple of Buddha's footprint on Mt. Phrabat." Made of cast, embossed bronze.
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Length: 28 centimetres
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Used in special religious ceremonies, such as walking around the temple of the Buddha's footprint three times.
The candle would be attached to the unadorned side of the holder. Such ritual items are typically leaf-shaped with a handle. They were used in many ceremonies, such as rites of passage, consecration, healing, agricultural events, etc. All ranks of society used them, from the court to rural communities.
According to Ashley Thompson, in Cambodia they are called bobil and are associated with the female and the originally Hindu linga and yoni (Cambodia is now largely Buddhist).
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