Well used antique example, 22 ¾” length with tapered wood haft retaining about 60% blue and red painted surface. Beautifully forged iron head with a tapered octagonal fore spike on baluster bolster, decorated in stipple motifs. Curved diamond section hook with fine stepped back finial, the recurved tip emulating the articulation of the elephant trunk. The ankus was the constant companion of the mahout, used to direct the elephant when riding and when afoot. Walking between elephants or between an elephant and a wall could be fatal if the elephant shifted its weight. The ankus guaranteed a space equal to its length. As well, mahouts, like others of the lower classes were prohibited from carrying weapons. The ankus served as their personal weapons, some even concealing daggers in their hafts. Great character.