Two wooden brackets Tamil Nadu (2)
Lot 271W
A pair of fine wood Doorway Brackets Tamil Nadu, probably Chettinad, circa 18th Century(2)
Sold for £4,560 (US$ 7,451) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pair of fine wood Doorway Brackets
Tamil Nadu, probably Chettinad, circa 18th Century
intricately carved, depicting sword-wielding warriors astride caparisoned rearing horses, yalis and parrots, the interspaces filled with vegetal scrollwork, the upper and lower capitals in the form of lotus flowers
82 x 102 cm. max.(2)

Footnotes

  • These brackets would have once adorned the entrance door of a Tamil Nadu merchant's house, perhaps in Chettinad. Chettinad mansions were normally approached via a covered walkway and a front verandah, with elevated platforms to each side for entertaining guests. The main door was of immense significance as it marked the point of entry into the owner's personal space. The central doors are left open during the day to welcome the goddess Lakshmi, should she decide to pay a visit, and to allow malevolent spirits to depart. For two related panels panels, please see George Michell (ed.), Living Wood: Sculptural Traditions of Southern India, Bombay, 1992, nos. 51-54.
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