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.