Elephant goad

This ankush (elephant goad) is elaborate and bears images of animals and vegetation. The handle is shapely with five simple bands circumvented by a pointed but blunt blade and a curved goad. The handle ends with a makara (mythical sea creature) motif with flaring mouth, and a prancing hound emerging from it. Besides used by elephant riders, embellished ankush such as this one seems to have appeared from Hindu courts where they were possibly used for religious rituals or other ceremonies of State. This is also a weapon found in the multiple arms of Hindu gods such as Ganesha.

Indigenous Name
ankush
Date/Period
17th-18th centuries
Region
Mysore or Tanjore, south India
Dimension
Object size: L:38.6 x W:13.0
Accession No.
1998-01399
Material
Steel & Gold
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Brass