An ivory rampant yali, a decorative element from a stringed instrument (Rudra Veena), South India or Orissa, 16th-17th century
carved ivory with vestiges of red paint, designed as a rampant yali issuing delicately rendered ornate vegetation from its mouth, lotus flower support to front and sides, on a curved bracket with a small image of Ganesha to one side, the top with a larger carving of Saraswati (Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music, art and science) playing a type of veena, the back with arches enclosing palmettes with old collector's number in red 'L.81.57' underneath, on bespoke mount
8 by 7.6 by 8.6cm.
Ex-collection Kaywin Lehman Smith, New York.
Ex-collection Pierre Jourdan-Barry, Paris (1926-2016).
Indian and South East Asian Ivories, Brooklyn Museum, 2 October- 31 December 1982, cat.no.16.