A SOUTH INDIAN ELEPHANT GOAD (ANKUS)
TANJORE OR MYSORE, 17TH/18TH CENTURY
The steel shaft with ridges, terminating in a pierced steel point comprised of mythical beasts and floral decoration, the terminal of brass with a stylised makara grasped by the mouth of a feline, light rubbing to high points
15in. (39cm.) long
For two more elaborate versions of this ankus, see Welch, S.C.: India, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1985, nos. 15a and 15b, pp.45-6.