G717.15 An unusual bronze palanquin attachment in the form of the monkey god Hanuman, with traces of gilding
Khmer, Bayon style
12th – 13th century
H. 16 cm, 6 ¼ ins
W. 12 cm, 4 ¾ ins
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.
Reference: For a related palanquin hook in the Minneapolis Institute of Art, see Palanquin Hooks, Khmer | Mia (artsmia.org)
Provenance: From the collection of the late Anthony Gardner (1950-1992), Director of Spink and Son Limited, London, and the late Roger Monks (1942-2017).