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Finial with Two Makaras

Asian Art

MEDIUM Bronze
  • Place Made: Java, Indonesia
  • DATES 13th-15th century
    DIMENSIONS height: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2021.1.60
    CREDIT LINE Bequest of Dr. Samuel Eilenberg
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1998, provenance not yet documented; by 1998, acquired by Samuel Eilenberg of New York; 1998, bequeathed by Samuel Eilenberg to the Brooklyn Museum; April 6, 2021, accessioned by the Brooklyn Museum.
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Metal ornament designed to stand at the top of a shaft, possibly serving as a lamp or candle-holder. On either side of a hollow cone are makaras (dragon-like sea monsters) with small cylindrical cups on top of their heads. A tall tapering finial stands at the center, with flaming ornaments on both faces and on and around the makaras.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Finial with Two Makaras, 13th-15th century. Bronze, height: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Dr. Samuel Eilenberg, 2021.1.60 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2021.1.60.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.2021.1.60.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2021
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     <em>Finial with Two Makaras</em>, 13th-15th century. Bronze, height: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Dr. Samuel Eilenberg, 2021.1.60 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2021.1.60.jpg)