Ancient Hook for Palanquin
Used by the Khmer people, in what is now Cambodia, during the Angkor Wat or Bayon Period ( late 12-13th C.), this was part of the support system of a palanquin (passenger conveyance carried on poles). The term is derived from the Sanskrit ‘palyanka’, meaning bed or couch. The poles were inserted through the holes on the hooks; a cloth, which formed a hammock-like seat for the passenger, was attached to rings which hung from the hooks (see drawing). These were only used for high status individuals and royalty. Made of bronze with high copper content, ours has some nice details of a garuda and naga head. It comes with a custom made stand of wood and iron. Condition is quite good for its ancient age. This is a beautiful treasure from an ancient culture and time.
Size: 4.75 in. x 3.25 in. x 2 in. without stand / 7.75 in. x 2.66 in. x 3.5 in. with stand