An image of Elephant with riders

Unknown Artist

Elephant with riders

Other titles:
Vessel in the form of an elephant and riders
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

There was probably once a vast repertoire of zoomorphic bronze utensils such as this, but because of the Chams' turbulent history, surviving examples are rare. The Chams used elephants in battles and ceremonies, and also supplied elephants to the Chinese for imperial processions. This sharply observed piece demonstrates once again the use of bronze prototypes for ceramic traditions; the subject is popular as a ceramic form throughout mainland Southeast Asia.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.298.

Place of origin
Champa Kingdom, Viet Nam
Cultural origin
Champa
Year
13th century-14th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
21.0 x 16.5 x 9.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Goldie Sternberg Southeast Asian Art Purchase Fund 1998
Accession number
93.1998