A pair of gold repoussé 'Makara and human figure' earrings set with green glass beads Pre-Khmer, 8th century | 八世紀 前高棉時期 摩羯神像紋金耳飾一對
Property from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection 雪月藏亞洲藝術珍品
Property from the Tuyet Nguyet and Stephen Markbreiter Collection
A pair of gold repoussé 'Makara and human figure' earrings set with green glass beads
Pre-Khmer, 8th century
八世紀 前高棉時期 摩羯神像紋金耳飾一對
Each earring contains tiny pellets as a rattle and takes the form of a Makara, a hybrid figure combining an elephant with a crocodile in one body. The elephant trunk forms the ear hook with the body and head of a crocodile, a human figure caught in its jaws trying to escape.
This motif reflects an iconographic transmission of Indian mythological representations and appears frequently in Khmer sculpture.
3.1 cm; 18 grams
Good overall condition. A minute crack to the right earring, 8 o'clock position to the glass bead, visible on the website image.
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