Ryan O Horne
The Book Shop

A wide range of rare, out-of-print and antiquarian books.

Eclectica Etcetera
Testimonials

“I want to let you know that the William Blew "History of Steeple-chasing" arrived safely in today's post. It is truly everything that I expected and more. The book arrived in good sound condition and all the color plates, which you said, were also in fine condition. I can't thank you enough for the highly professional service you gave to me. I hope that we may work together again in the future. Again, my thanks and very best wishes.”
- All the way from California.

“ The book arrived promptly and was beautifully wrapped in tissue paper. The outer cardboard packaging was stout and prevented any damage in transit. I am very pleased with my purchase which is to be a present for my Aunt. She will be absolutely delighted with the book and I have no hesitation in recommending this seller. A very positive experience.”
- Belinda Warren.

Submit Your Own Feedback
Worldwide Delivery
In Search
Advanced Search
£0 to £1000+
Search

SEARCH OUR ECLECTICA ETCETERA

...or search for a Book
£0 to £10000
Search

Wonderful Cast Bronze Devotional ‘Temple Toy’ on Wheels (Elephant)

Wonderful Cast Bronze Devotional ‘Temple Toy’ on Wheels (Elephant)
Wonderful Cast Bronze Devotional ‘Temple Toy’ on Wheels (Elephant)

Description/Condition

Length: 11 ½ cm (4 ½ inches). Height: 9 ¾ cm (3 ¾ inches). Material: Copper Alloy (Bronze) with Iron Bars. Origin: Gujarat Border, India. Date: 18th/ 19th Century. Condition: The piece is in superb condition, with a natural deep, age patina. The ends of the tusks have broken away, but the use has been so extensive that the breaks are almost completely smooth and have a developed age patina. The extremities are worn and smooth commensurate with age and use.

£400.00 Add to Basket

Detailed Information

Item No: A22331
About this item:

Length: 11 ½ cm (4 ½ inches)
Height: 9 ¾ cm (3 ¾ inches)
Material: Copper Alloy (Bronze) with Iron Bars
Origin: Gujarat Border, India
Date: 18th/ 19th Century

Photographed and offered for sale is this wonderful devotional bronze figure of an elephant on wheels.

This absolutely exquisite figure is a wonderful example of a devotional offering, with the trunk curled under to signify protection; the mount would aid a deity in reaching the donor in times of need. These little bronzes were undoubtedly particularly appealing to children, compounded by a western viewpoint of small figures with wheels, and so early western observer accounts became the foundation for the colloquial term ‘temple toys’.

This is a particularly good, stylised example. Handsomely caparisoned in a howdah & ceremonial harness and richly decorated with chased, geometric patterns this elephant would have been a highly satisfactory offering. Two iron bolt axles attach the openwork wheels, each of which contains little iron balls which sound like bells when the figure is moved.

Condition: The piece is in superb condition, with a natural deep, age patina. The ends of the tusks have broken away, but the use has been so extensive that the breaks are almost completely smooth and have a developed age patina. The extremities are worn and smooth commensurate with age and use.