Known as 'dipa', this Tibetan butter lamp is made from copper with brass accents. Beautifully made. It can be placed with rice or other offerings on an altar. These days many people put tea lights in them instead of ghee or oil because in that case there is no need for a wick. Use for shrine, usually in multiples, or anywhere you want to place them for a beautiful candleholder. They make an unusual and beautiful dining table arrangement.