"The bulging eyes, flame-like mane, fangs and distinctive rearing pose are all typical of interpretations of the yali (or vyala) at that time" Victoria and Albert Museum, London, inv. no.IS.146-1986 (http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O71021/figure-unknown/).
The close example in the Victoria and Albert Museum also measures fifteen centimetres (discounting the protruding element on the present example). These small models appear be directly inspired from the monumental carved pillars in the form of yalis on the architecture of South Indian temples such as the Jalakanteshvara temple in Vellore, Tamil Nadu (Jaffer 2002, p.67).
Traces of polychromy, particularly in teeth, the ivory with vertical crack lines, some sections with thin ivory bands to fill these in, some general discoloration and wear to surface as consistent with age and use, as viewed. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."