The brass Spouted Vessel is indigenously known as the ‘Lota’. The spouted globular form of this vessel can be dated back to the Chalcolithic period cultures of South Asia. While its primary function lies in storing and pouring water during religious ceremonies, the traditional medical system of Ayurveda indicates that the vessel can lend health benefits to the water it holds.
It is composed of Brass that has been cast, molded and hammered to create the form of the Spouted Vessel, bearing chiseled and incised motifs of fish and florals.
A multi-purpose utensil, people of the South Asia Diaspora commonly adapt the ‘lota’ into religious rituals but also see it as a simple vessel of everyday use, alternating as bathing mugs, watering cans and a vase to hold small flowers.