Desi4life & Den falska skoldpaddan,
I have found one sold at auction where there is mention of an inscription in Nagari on the rim. So that is an interesting potential confirmation that this could be Nagari or a development of it?
I'm extremely grateful for your and everyones kind help with this.
As a bit of additonal information, these are ritual water vessels, usually associated with Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges, the abode of Lord Shiva and a major pilgrimage centre.
This chambu is of classic shape and has a flattened spherical body, high foot, and short flaring neck. The bands of engraved decoration show depitions of deities, the bull Nandi and phallic linga shrines sacred to Shiva.
The bottom band shows the sacred Ganges river containing the primordial tortoise, fish, a snake and an empty boat with four oars.
The band above depicting sites passed along the pilgrimage route.
What is unusal about this one is the size. It is about twice the size of those usually seen.
If the added inscriptions do relate to the dispelling or removal of some specific curse or missfortune, then it would provide a real isight into the use of these items and why they were bought.
Could it be that the buyer requested it's addition?
It's one thing to go on a religious pilgrimage and buy a lota to filll with water, but to have a specific reason beyond religious observance, especially one specifically mentioned, is pretty exciting from a historical point of view.
What does padīā mean?
Again, my humble thanks to all invoived.
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