Cast Bronze Palanquin Finial
circa 12th century
height without stand: 27cm, height with stand: 36cm
This bronze palanquin finial has been cast using the lost wax process. It follows the conventional form of such finials from the Angkor Period. It is curved to allow it to serve as a fitting, and is finished with a well-cast terminal decorated on both sides with spiky, lotus petal motifs around a central figure of a deity. On one side that deity appears to be Hevajra with what seems to b e multiple heads, and on the other the deity sits cross-legged. This figure sits on a throne that appears to be decorated with a kirtimukha mask.
The stem of the finial is gadrooned and has at its other end more lotus petal motifs in relief.
The finial has a mottled silvery-green patina and is in fine condition. It is accompanied by a custom-made stand.
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Henry Brownrigg, London. Acquired from a private UK collection. Was possibly acquired from Spink, London.
Inventory no.: 3685