Historical period(s)
20th century
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)
India, Orissa
Credit Line
Purchase — Smithsonian Unrestricted Trust Funds
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Sculpture

Figure: porcupine

casting, India, porcupine
Provenance research underway.

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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