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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
Nicely made, this falcon hood has four colors of leather, stamped patterning, gold stitched decoration, leather closing tabs and a topknot. We got these in Saudi Arabia where they were intended to be used for the sport of falconry.
Size: 2.75 in. high x 2.25 in. deep
Nicely made, this tiny falcon hood has three colors of leather, stamped gold decoration, leather closing tabs and a topknot. We got these in Saudi Arabia where they were intended to be used for the sport of falconry.
Size: 2.25 in. high x 1.75 in. deep
Mould for Toy
This unusual figure is a mould for traditional toys made in Burma. Made of papier mache and painted, these toys are sold in pagoda markets. They are now considered a dying folk art with pervasive and cheaper plastic toys replacing them. Our curious form is for a figure representing a palace page called ‘Pho Wa’ or ‘Little Fat Boy’. We love the enigmatic quality of the shape and its simple details. (Contrary to what some online vendors say, this is not a shaman’s figure or an item for ritual use.)
8.75 in. x 3.5 in