CATALOGUE No. 14 THREE BRONZE KINNARI FINIALS
KHMER, ANGKOR PERIOD
H. 13.5, 13.5 and 15 CMS, 5 ¼, 5 ¼ and 6 INS
A set of three bronze finials or hooks, depicting winged Kinnari with their arms raised in lalita or dance mode, all with attachment loops and two with lotus adorned hooks at the rear.
Kinnari (male: Kinnara) are benign half-human, half-bird creatures that watch over the well-being of humans in times of trouble or danger.
These finials were probably once used to decorate a large chariot or palanquin, used to convey Khmer nobility or to carry temple icons in a religious procession. For a pair of related chariot decorations in similar style see cat. nos. 117a, b in E. C. Bunker and D. Latchford, Adoration and Glory: The Golden Age of Khmer Art, Chicago: Art Media Resources, 2004. See also no. 11 in this catalogue.
Provenance: From the Estate of a private English collector. Acquired in the 1970s.