Lot 162. A silver and gilt-metal openwork elephant-goad (ankus), India, Bikaner, circa 1800; 55.5cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 GBP. Lot Sold 6,250 GBP (7,153 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's 2018.
the openwork handle with silver overlay, containing round noise-making metal bells, two steel spikes, one curved and the other straight, densely decorated with gold-overlaid foliate designs.
Note: A similar silvered iron ankus with an ivory handle is in Powis Castle, inv. no.POW/CLIVE/1/16; another similar ankus was sold in these rooms, 25 October 2017, lot 175.
Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, London, 25 Apr 2018, 10:30 AM