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Stained Ivory Pehlwani Wrestlers
Northern India, probably Rajasthan
circa 1750

height: 8.8cm

This unusual, whimsical ivory carving shows two Indian pehlwani wrestlers, probably from Rajasthan. The two are naked other than for remnants of red
colouring for shorts about their waists. Both have shaved heads. The pair have been carved from a single piece of ivory and this slots into a small domed ivory
stand that has been stained green, and with red remnants.

The item is in fine condition. The ivory has a superb patina consistent with an 18th century dating.

Provenance: UK art market

Inventory no.: 3604

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