Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
The elephant was, and still is, a symbol of great power and prestige in India. Right from the Mughal era through the years of the Raj, they have been used to carry Emperors, Maharajahs and members of Princely India through important processions. Their mounts were always elaborately decorated with vibrantly colored headdresses and saddle cloths, their tusks covered in gold caps, jeweled anklets on their feet and a gem-set and silk-cushioned howdah for the master to sit on often with a golden umbrella or chattra, an ancient symbol of Indian Royalty.