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Palanquin Hook with Horse and Elephant
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Palanquin Hook with Horse and Elephant

Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description Because hooks like this are shown in relief sculptures, we know how they were used. They were slipped over a curved pole carried by two men, and from the hooks a hammock was suspended. Perhaps the lion-headed figure is an incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu destroying an enemy.

Removed old wax coating that had broken down and blanched.

Date Description Narrative
Provenance Professor and Mrs. Samuel Eilenberg, New York, 1963, by purchase; Mrs. Natasha Eilenberg, Cornwall Bridge, CT,1969; Walters Art Museum, 2000, by gift.
Credit Gift of Natasha Eilenberg in memory of Professor Jean Boisselier, 2000

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13th century or later
bronze with internal iron ring
Accession Number
10 x 3 13/16 x 6 1/2 in. (25.4 x 9.65 x 16.51 cm)
  • Thailand (Place of Origin)
  • Cambodia (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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