Asian Tribal Art - Elephant and Rider, Kondh People, Orissa, India

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Elephant and rider

Kondh people, Orissa, India
Cast copper alloy
5.25" (13 cm) high
Late 19th to early 20th century
Al Farrow

A bridal dowry sculpture in the form of an elephant and rider, which would formerly have been on wheels. Metal toys such as this were presented by the family of the bride, and elephants were considered status symbols, as they were not seen in the Kondh area until introduced by the British in 1835. Featured in Bronze Sculptures of the Kondh by Barbara C. Johnson, Tribal Art magazine, Summer 2005, pg. 86, fig. 19.


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