A Fine Sri Lankan Rosewood , Brass and Steel Elephant Goad and Sword Stick

A Fine Sri Lankan Rosewood , Brass and Steel Elephant Goad and Sword Stick

1800 to 1900 Sri Lanka

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A Fine Sri Lankan Rosewood , Brass and Steel Elephant Goad and Sword Stick , the handle with the head of a mythical beast with ivory teeth and gem set eyes
Mid 19 th Century
Elephants have been trained and used for heavy labour for hundreds of years in Sri Lanka . In the late 18 th century a Swedish artist Brandes drew a superb series of watercolours showing how elephants were captured and trained .
Wild elephants were rounded up and herded into an area surrounded by a narrowing fence . They were driven further until they had no room for manoeuvre and eventually found themselves in a large wooden pen . Here each elephant was harnessed and each wild elephant was strapped to two tame elephants , one at either side . The drawing shows a wild elephant emerging from the pen with his two tame companions and his being 'baptised' with three buckets of water and then given a keeper . After around eight days the new elephant would obey the keeper without the help of his captive companions .
Dimensions
Height 85.50 cm (33.66 inches)
Stock Code
F034
Medium
Rosewood , Brass and Steel
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