Striking heavyweight antique hanging Deccan / Diya oil lamp with Hamsa bird finial, dating to the late 19th century. With long decorative chain and hook.
Hanging lamps like this are commonly found in temple sanctuaries.
Excellent patina and in good order.
The hamsa is a mythical aquatic bird, often associated with a goose or a swan, which represents perfect union and balance in life. "Its name is derived from the exhalation of the Sanskrit sound 'ham' and the inhalation of 'sa', together constituting the return of the life force to brahman, its cosmic source." Oppi Untracht, Traditional Jewellery of India, London, 2008, p. 266.