CATALOGUE No. 16 PAIR OF BRONZE PALANQUIN RINGS
KHMER, ANGKOR PERIOD
ANGKOR WAT STYLE
H. 24 CMS, 9 ½ INS
A large and impressive pair of bronze palanquin rings decorated both inside and out with nagas and lotus leaf motifs.
A naga is a semi-divine, serpent-headed water spirit.
These rings were once part of a palanquin, used to convey Khmer nobility or to carry temple icons in a religious procession. For a pair of extremely similar rings see cat. no. 118 in E. C. Bunker and D. Latchford, Adoration and Glory: The Golden Age of Khmer Art, Chicago: Art Media Resources, 2004. See also Plate 1, p. 60 in P. Krairiksh, Khmer Bronzes: A Selection from the Suan Phka Tevoda Collection, Lugano: Corner Bank Ltd, 1982.
Provenance: From the Estate of a private English collector. Acquired in the 1970s.