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Title

Elephant with riders

13th century-14th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Vessel in the form of an elephant and riders


Place where the work was made

Champa Kingdom Viet Nam


Cultural origin

Champa


Date

13th century-14th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

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



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 298 (colour illus.).

Ann Proctor, Bon Mau Co Ban - Four Colours., Analysis and discussion of selected works from AGNSW, 'Cham Elephant - Vietnam', pg. 5-8, Sydney, Feb 2003, 5 (colour illus.), 6-8. section 4

Wendy Symonds (Editor), Look, 'The Centre for Asian Art Studies', pg. 25, Heidelberg, Sep 1998, 25 (colour illus.).

Bon Mau Co Ban - Four Colours. Vietnamese Art Case Study, Sydney, Feb 2003, not paginated, (colour illus.). section 5