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MAKARA FINIAL
Deccan, late 17th century
6cm long approx.

Copper gilt, in the form of a makara with bulbous eyes, mouth agape and short stylised elephant’s trunk.

The makara is one of the most enduring motifs in Indian Art: a mythical aquatic monster like a crocodile but with elephant trunk and a fish’s body, symbolizing water, the source of all existence and fertility. This exceptionally finely-made object is probably from a palanquin or piece of furniture.

£ 2200

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