Everything that is made in the South is infused with devotion. The formidable sculptural tradition of the region is dominated by bronze, which dates back to the patronage of the Chola rulers of the 13th century. This one-of-a-kind bronze wall-hanging is a fine example of the fact that artisans of the South have the skill and the aesthetics coursing through their veins to this day. It has been handpicked from Bangalore, where the best of them run their studios.
It comprises of three trays of wick-lamps at the lower end, one of which is flanked by a slightly elevated pair. Each tray bears five lamps each, so you have a total of fifteen lamps to light up a corner of your home-mandira. The layered concentric discs that make up the stem of this sculpture are engraved with lotus petals. Complementing it are the gorgeous vines protruding from the base and holding up the wick-trays.
The intricately sculpted Balaji at the top of this hanging lamp makes this a unique work of devotional art. The details of His iconography and composure are intact, framed as they are by perfectly symmetrical floral projections. At the lateral extremes are dual faces of the divine shankha motif. Note how the procession of elephants of lions, beginning midway through the stem, seem to be holding up the Lord’s aureole.