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A carved ivory border fragment, probably Sri Lanka, 16th century
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A carved ivory border fragment, probably Sri Lanka, 16th century
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A carved ivory border fragment, probably Sri Lanka, 16th century
carved and pierced ivory with three couples of entwined swans with ornate plummage, traces of red pigment 
5.4 by 30 by 0.6cm. 
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Provenance

Ex-collection Mark Zebrowski (1945-99).

Catalogue Note

The original function of this plaque would have been ornamental, set most probably on a piece of furniture as inferred by the openwork style of carving and remnants of drill holes. The motif of paired birds with entwined necks features on a number of carved ivory works from sixteenth century Sri Lanka, notably in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (inv. no.Nr. KK 4745, see Gschwend and Beltz 2010, pp.72-3, no.19). Similar entwined birds (referred to by Pedro Carvalho as 'geese') with ornate tails also feature on the front of a magnificent gem-set casket in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (inv. no.1993.29), attributed to Sri Lanka, probably Kotte, circa 1550 (Carvalho 2008, pp.24-5, no.1).

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