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Artwork made of Precious Metal
A set of two holy water containers
1920-1940
These containers were used to store the holy water. The silver is of a lower standard than the usual standard(960). Holy water is very important in the Hindu religion. It is created through a ritual whereby a pedanda(Bali priest) is in trans, allowing the gods to take possession of the water. The water now has a purifying power. The priest uses this holy water to purify objects and persons to keep the evil spirits away. Because of this important role these containers are richly ornamented and made of silver and sometimes gold.
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