A lotus petal-shaped lamp is carried on the back of a tortoise. The petals open to show a full-blown lotus.
Lamps or diyas are an essential part of the Indian household. In India, the lighting of the lamps is considered auspicious and is so often found in shrines as a mark of reverence to the deities. The flame symbolizes life and the soul.
Sir Ratan Tata Art Collection
Indian Decorative Art
19th Century CE