Indian Elephant Form Silver Glad Table Lamps
This pair of Indian silvered metal lamps in the form of processional celemonial elephants adorned with Jhool saddle cloths, date from the early 20th century and featured intricately chased and embossed designs. Each measures approximately 23 x 12 x 6.75 in (58 x 30 x 17 cm). Arm has since been restored and they have modern wiring/sockets, ready for use.
According to Sotheby's, ceremonial elephants wearing embroidered saddle cloths, Jhools, as well as decorative head cloths, caparisons, as well as heavy jewellery, were paraded at the annual Elephant Festival in Rajasthan, held during Holi. E Elephants decorated in this fasion were also employed at funerals and celebrations, carrying noble dignitaries within a Howdah, a carriage stationed on the elephants back.