18th-19th century.  Bronze, small at 2 5/8” length. Central axel with swelled medial grip and addorsed ball terminals of four ribs emanating from Makara's heads. To Buddhists, the Makara was the river dragon. Originally a weapon associated with the Thunder God, Indra, it evolved into a ritual object embodying strength, stamina, and invulnerability. Excellent with good patina.
Stock Number: A3483

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