Chofa, Thai Wat temple ridge ornament.

  • Depending on the interpretation, this temple finial is called “Garuda” (Sanskrit: Eagle), the mount of the god Vishnu, or “Hong/Hamsa” (Thai: Hong /Sanskrit: Hamsa), representing the mythical bird or swan/goose, the animal vehicle (vâhana) of the god Brahma. Beautiful original patina, combining gilding and red bowl, (Colors of Brahma).
  • Thailand, late 18th/early 19th century.
  • Supplied with white or black steel base, adjustable chofa inclination.
  • Provenance: Estate of collector and art dealer Claude de Marteau.
  • Sold with certificate of origin.
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  • H Max 169 CM (H without stand 142 CM) x P 26 CM X W 23 CM.


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