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Title Miniature ivory Mahratta soldier
Nationality Indian
Period early 19th century

This little figure (about 2.75cm tall), made of elephant ivory, would have been fixed to a base, viz the two cut-off ivory pegs in his heels, probably as a supporter for a Mahratta dignitary in a palanquin on an elephant, or some such. There is a hole in his hand, where he would have held a spear.

There is an outside chance that it is an early chess piece, perhaps a pawn. It is beautifully carved and, apart from the fact that the base and spear are missing, is in good shape.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Ephemera : Sculpture : Indian : 19th Century]


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