G717.2 White stone (probably tufa) Makara water spout with mouth agape and two addorsed fishes
Indonesia, Eastern Javanese period
Circa 14th century
H. 34 cm, 13 ¼ ins.
L. 36 cm, 14 ins.
A makara is a mythical aquatic beast consisting of a crocodile with an elephant’s trunk. It derives from Indian art and is commonly found at the sides of Javanese temples.
Reference: Water Spout with a Makara Head and a Head of a Monk | Indonesia (Java) | Eastern Javanese period | The Metropolitan Museum of Art (metmuseum.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).