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Body Stamp

Native NameChhapa
Object Number:29-221-26.13
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Indian
Provenience: India
Varanasi
Period: 19th Century
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Materials:Metal
Iconography:Vishnu
Feet
Inscription Language:Bengali Language
Credit Line:Bequest of Maxwell Sommerville, 1904
Other Number:92-1-243 - Found in Collection Number
26 - Sommerville Number

Description

One of a set of body stamps (chhapa) with which to print caste marks on the foreheads of a Hindu devotee each morning after praying and bathing in the ganges. Two lotus feet in honor of Vishnu. Filigree design.

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