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Palanquin Finials with Lotuses

Object Name:
ca. 1650–80
Probably made in India, Deccan, Golconda
Copper; cast, pierced, chased, and gilded
(a) H. 11 1/2 in. (29 cm); L. 20 1/2 in. (52 cm); W. 6 in. (15 cm) (b) H. 11 in. (28 cm); L. 22 1/2 in. (57 cm); W. 6 in. (15 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Islamic Art Gifts, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.258a, b
Not on view
These finials were made to adorn the poles of a palanquin, a covered conveyance consisting of a large box carried by bearers. Their particularly fine decoration includes a pierced, openwork pattern of flattened lotus pods and scrolling vines on the body, and lotus flowers that issue from the domed ends.
Private collection, Europe; [ Terence McInerney, until 1995; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Courtly Radiance: Metalwork from Islamic India," September 25, 2001–May 5, 2002, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy," April 20, 2015–July 26, 2015, no. 142.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin vol. 54, no. 2 (1995–1996). p. 18, ill. (color).

Haidar, Navina, and Marika Sardar. "Opulence and Fantasy." In Sultans of Deccan India 1500–1700. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015. no. 142, pp. 246-248, ill. pl. 142a–h, 142i.

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