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Indian Art, Beautiful Carved and engraved Ivory Plaque depicting Two Logging Men Cutting Timber in the Forest Accompanied by two Large Working Elephants, Probably Delhi or Bombay, India, late 19th Century.

Elephants played a very important part in the South Asian arts, particularly paintings and sculptures. Elephants were represented with empathy by Indian artists and formed an important part of sculptures of different types. A popular scene in which elephants frequently feature is logging. Elephants are often depicted carrying logs on their trunks and humans on their backs.

Our current lot represents the important role of the logging industry in India and depicts the relationship between the elements, humans and animals. The scene shows two men on the back of two working elephants amidst big trees, and a third man holding an axe in the process of chopping a tree. The border of the frame is decorated with a series of beautiful floral designs.

This lot also features a folding ivory easel stand for support and standing purposes fixed on the back of the plaque by two metal screws. This lot is to be sold with the rather similar ivory plaque, which is offered by lot 82.

For similar examples see Elephants and Ivories in South Asia, by P. Pal, Los Angeles County Museum of Arts.

Condition: Excellent.
Dimensions: Width 17 cm
Height 9 cm
  • Identification Number: 83

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