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Water pot

Water pot

  • Place of origin:

    Nepal (Patan, made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Repousse sheet brass

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Oppi Untracht

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Sanctified or blessed water, dispensed from containers such as this, plays a significant role in the religious life of Nepal. It is sprinkled on a person during initiations and at the many ceremonies marking the stages of life.

Physical description

Water pot (Newari: nila thala; Nepali: jhari) used to contain and pour holy water. The plain bulbous body stands on a flared base that is decorated with leaf motifs. A long, slender spout extends from the shoulders of the pot. The narrow neck flares into a wide mouth decorated with a band of chevron motifs.

Place of Origin

Nepal (Patan, made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Repousse sheet brass


Height: 36.5 cm, Width: 16.5 cm, Weight: 1540 g

Object history note

Formerly in the collection of Oppi Untracht who acquired it during the period 1963-67 while living in Nepal.

Descriptive line

Brass water pot, Nepal, 18th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Porvoo Museum - Oppi Untracht, Marjatta Parpola, Asko Parpola (eds): Metal Marvels: South Asian Handworks, Porvoo Museum, Finland, 1993, plate 194, page 99

Production Note

Patan, Nepal






South & South East Asia Collection

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