An early 20th century carved ivory and rosewood lightstand
Lot 285WY
A carved elephant ivory presentation tusk,by Gedijala Satyaraju, Vizagapatam, 1929,
Sold for £45,600 (US$ 76,566) inc. premium
Lot Details
A carved elephant ivory presentation tusk,
by Gedijala Satyaraju, Vizagapatam, 1929,
the full length tusk carved with the figures of Parvati, Sankaram Lakshmi, Narayana, Saraswati, Brah-ma, Gopikavastrapaharan, Lord Mahavishnu, Bird, Ganapati and Kumaraswami, supported on brass mounts, one depicting a serpent, above an oval rosewood base with a frieze drawer over paw feet, the base extensively decorated with inlaid ivory, sold with facsimile photographs, documentation and invoices, 103cm wide, 130cm high (the tusk), 150cm high (tusk with stand).


  • This tusk comes from a dangerous "rogue" elephant with one tusk, which was shot by Albert Laurie, a civil engineer living in the Madras province of India, on the 18th November, 1929. He wrote:

    "Rogue elephant- single tusker shot by me on 18-11-29. Length of tusk 5' 10½, girth at base 16½ inches weight- 51 llbs. Shot him at 15 yrds when he was charging full steam ahead of me. The first shot brought him to his knees and he got up dazed, the 2nd shot brought him down never to rise again and I put in two more to make certain all was well and to put him out of his misery. He had killed many people and was doing immense damage to crops."

    The tusk was carved by Gedijala Satyaraju of Vizagapatam, who incorporated the following deities into the work: Parvati (the wife of Sankar), Sankara, Lakshmi (the wife of Narayana), Narayana, Saraswati (the wife of Brahma), Brah-ma, Gopikavastrapaharan, Lord Mahavishnu sitting on Adiseshu the serpent, Garudavahan, Ganapati, and Kumaraswami (the son of Sankara).

    Albert Laurie was born in India in 1876, and was employed by the Public Works Department in the Madras province. He lived on the Godavari river near Waltair. During the hottest months, his family would move to Conoor in the Nilgiri Hills. Albert Laurie was a good shot; so the local people asked him to "deal" with dangerous animals that had threatened the local people. To this end, he shot at least three man-eating tigers, a leopard and two elephants.

    This lot is sold with copies of the original invoice from Gedijala Satyaraju, facsimile photographs of Albert Laurie, and biographical notes. The original documentation should be available on purchase of the lot.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this lot is being sold with copies of the original documentation, not the original documentation itself.