Pendant in the Shape of a Fish-Tailed Elephant

Pendant in the Shape of a Fish-Tailed Elephant

185-72 BC

India, Shunga Period

(c. 187-78 BC)


John L. Severance Fund 1973.63


Because of water's life-giving properties, animals such as fish and Indian elephants who love the water were considered auspicious. This composite elephant with a playfully raised trunk and a curling fish tail would have been strung as a pendant on a necklace.

See also
Indian Art - Sunga
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