Toy - Cast-alloy brass - Bastar Toy - Elephant with his karnak - India - Early 20th century

Toy - Cast-alloy brass - Bastar Toy - Elephant with his karnak - India - Early 20th century
Good condition, see description - 5.5×6.5×2.7 cm


Bastar bronze, produced by migrant casters for the tribal population (‘adivasi’) in villages of the federal states Orissa, Bihar, Maharashtra, Bengal, etc.

Made of yellow cast-alloy (brass), executed with ‘waste mould’ casting.

For this toy they not use traditional way to make bronze but just use their knowledge to make a toy for child, this one represent most probably a karnak riding an olifant.

The fact that you have wheels is the reason this was use as toy for child.


Early 20th century - C.1920


Signs of age, very good complete condition
Please check picture for global condition


Collection constituted by Mrs. L. and Mr. B. former ambassador of Unesco in India in office in the years 1960 to 1970.


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Lot details
Cast-alloy brass
Early 20th century
Region/ Country of origin
Title of artwork
Bastar Toy - Elephant with his karnak
Good condition, see description
5.5×6.5×2.7 cm
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