Finial for a bed or throne
- 17th century
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- 14 1/8 × 3 7/8 × 4 1/4 in. (35.88 × 9.84 × 10.8 cm)
- Arts of Asia
- 303 ISLAMIC GALLERY
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
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This ivory finial was clearly a medial piece made to fit together with other parts because it has top spaces for the insertion of ties, and the bottom has a large peg that would fit into a base. The wide-eyed mustached figure decorating the finial is astride a prancing horse and flanked on either side by attendant figures who guard several animals. The nobleman mounted on a lavishly decorated horse and accompanied by attendants is an apt symbol of the luxurious style of Indian princely courts in the 17th century.
Anne Bromberg, Label text, 2003.
Catherine B. Asher, "Finial for a bed or throne" in The Arts of India, South East Asia, and the Himalayas, Anne R. Bromberg (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013), 118-119.