Antique Large Indian Brass Etched Tiger Hunt & Elephants Kamandalu or Alms Bowl (Code 1777)
A very interesting an attractive Indian brass Kamandalu (holy water vessel) or large alms bowl. It has a large central round body with much thinner short neck and wide flared rim. The handle has decorative studs and is joined to the body by brass nuts which look hand cut. The most exciting feature is the engraved decoration which around the body features a tiger hunt with finely dressed men on elephants, early rifles and of course the tigers. Above in an unusual juxtaposition is a ring of dancing figures holding hands and there is further engraved detail to the handle. The base is weighted for stability, perhaps suggesting the use as an alms bowl, as it would seem superfluous if it were used for holy water. Either way it is a large and impressing example at over 20 inches tall. It is likely late 19th or early 20th century in period. A superb piece for room staging and decoration.
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Dried metal polish accumulations, not unattractive on this item so I have left them in place. Some smoothing of the detail and etched design through polishing down the ages. Some patina spots in places and some normal wear with light scratches and a few minor knocks. All in keeping with age and not spoiling the item as can be seen in the images.
Height: 54 cm ( 21 1/4 inch )
Width: 25 cm ( 9 7/8 inch ) across rim
Weight: 3600 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 1777 JL19-3
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