Historical period(s)
20th century
Medium
Brass
Dimensions
H x W x D: 9.4 x 13.8 x 6 cm (3 11/16 x 5 7/16 x 2 3/8 in)
Geography
India, Orissa
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1992.6
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Sculpture
Type

Figure: porcupine

Keywords
casting, India, porcupine
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

This piece is made in typical Kondh style, with wire mesh over a solid earthern core. The needle-like quills are raised and cover the upper surface of the animals body.  Porcupines are common in this part of the country and porcupine quills were used by the Kondh people to secure and decorate their hair. Such pieces of animal sculpture formed part of the dowry given to the bridegroom.

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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