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Pendant in the Shape of a Fish-Tailed Elephant

Pendant in the Shape of a Fish-Tailed Elephant

185-72 BC

India, Shunga Period

(c. 187-78 BC)

Gold

John L. Severance Fund 1973.63

Description

Because of water's is life-giving properties, animals such as fish and Indian elephants who love the water were considered auspicious. This composite elephant with playfully raised trunk and a curling fish tail would have been strung as a pendant on a necklace.

See also
Collection: 
Indian Art - Sunga
Type of artwork: 
Jewelry
Medium: 
Gold

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