Place of Origin: South India
Date: 18th Century
Diameter: 1075mm (42 3/8 Inches)
This elephant goad (or ‘ankus’) is comprised of a reddish-brown hardwood haft to which a series of curved brass mouldings have been attached, a thick recurved iron hook, two silver collars, the final section carved into a cone-shape and attached with a small iron cap.
The finely formed and slender hook is indictive of those found in India, and its application against a long pole is indicative of those found in South India. A similar example in a private collection is known to the author.