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Title

Elephant with riders

13th century-14th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • 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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    93.1998
    Copyright

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  • About

    There was probably once a vast repertoire of zoomorphic bronze utensils such as this, but surviving examples are rare. The Cham people used elephants in battles and ceremonies, and also supplied elephants to China for imperial processions. This work demonstrates the use of bronze prototypes for ceramic traditions; the subject is popular as a ceramic form throughout mainland Southeast Asia.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

  • Provenance

    The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact provenance@ag.nsw.gov.au

    Spink and Son Ltd., pre Jun 1998, England, purchased by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, June 1998.