Indian Asian Antique Brass Alms Dish with Hamsa Bird Design

Indian Asian Antique Brass Alms Dish with Hamsa Bird Design

Code: OR23092


H: 2cm (0.8")Di: 22cm (8.7")

£350.00 Approx $443.04, €408.4

A fine antique Asian Indian brass alms dish molded with a hamsa bird design and dating from the 19th century.

The hamsa is believed to be based on an aquatic migratory bird and is believed to be a goose. It is used in Indian culture as a spiritual symbol.

The lightly made dish is of round form with a raised edge and small folded back rim. The edge has a molded vertical ribbing pattern with a simple incised patterning to the rim. The centre of the dish is slightly raised and relief molded with a figure of the hamsa bird in side profile with its raised tail feathers. The bird is finely detailed with good features and set against a finely stippled ground and set within a decorative border with a further floral border running around the outer edge of the inner dish. The alms dish is not marked with a polished finish to the inside and with its original uncleaned patina to the base.

Provenance: acquired from the British Art market.

In good condition with wear associated with age and use.

Origin : India
Manufacture Date : 19th Century
Materials : Brass