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AN ANGLO-INDIAN EBONY OPEN ARMCHAIR

MID-19TH CENTURY, CEYLONESE

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AN ANGLO-INDIAN EBONY OPEN ARMCHAIR
MID-19TH CENTURY, CEYLONESE
The toprail carved with hamsa puttuva ornament of entwined geese and foliage above a caned back and seat flanked by downswept arms on shaped scroll legs, the scroll arm terminals partially of rosewood and probably replaced
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Hamsa puttuva, meaning two, three, or more hamsas (geese) with entwined necks, is a sacred symbol in Hinduism. The wild goose is associated with Brahma, who rides through the air on a magnificent gander. The migrating boundless goose, abiding in both the skies and on the earth, and remaining free from the events of individual life, symbolises the divine essence (A.K. Coomaraswamy, Medieval Sinhalese Art, 1908, p. 85).

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