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Title

Palanquin hook


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This 'j-shaped' palanquin hook depicts a dwarf, or 'gana', riding a 'naga', or snake deity, and supporting the mythical bird Garuda on his shoulders. This highly stylised object was intricately crafted yet functional: it would have hung from the pole end of a palanquin (carriage). It is possible to reconstruct how such a piece may have been used by reference to the bas-reliefs at Angkor Wat, the Bayon and other temples where various procession scenes depict similar pieces in use on palanquins. The ornate, deeply incised and energetic surface decoration coupled with the vigorous projections convey the imminent explosion of a barely contained energy. Similar tension and fecundity is seen in stone architectural decoration and is characteristic of Khmer taste.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.312.


Details


Place where the work was made

Cambodia


Cultural origin

Bayon style


Date

12th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

copper alloy with green patina


Dimensions

18.9 x 10.8 x 6.3 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

6.2000



Place

Where the work was made
Cambodia

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 312 (colour illus.).