18th-19th century. Very finely detailed, gilt bronze, 3 3/4” length. Central axel with baluster medial grip and addorsed terminals of eight ribs emanating from lotus platforms. 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. Particularly finely detailed.