THE COLLECTION
Ankus
  • Ankus
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
  • Date: c. 1860-70
  • Medium: Iron, steel, gold, cabachon rubies, onyx, wood, wax, enamel and lasque-cut diamonds
  • Length: 54.2 cm
  • Weight: 0.94 kg
  • Inv: OA1382
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Description
Provenance
Further Reading
  • Fashioned entirely of gold, enamelled and jewel-encrusted throughout, this princely elephant goad was made specifically for exhibition and ceremonial purposes, rather than for use when riding an elephant. The haft is decorated with a spiral pattern of finely worked flowers and foliage in brightly coloured translucent enamel profusely set throughout with table-cut diamonds. The head is formed as an elephant, richly set with rubies.