A Ceremonial Brass Sugar Hammer
A ceremonial brass sugar hammer it’s handle moulded in the form of a human arm terminating in a hand possibly holding a length of sugar-cane it’s ring finger having an empty jewel setting. The wrist adorned with a rope-work bracelet the elbow with a double rope-work armlet surmounted with a cabochon setting for five gem-stones above which the upper arm has engraved and punched decoration.
The hammer-head issues from a beast’s mouth who’s likeness resembles a tiger or a leopard. This beast’s eyes were perhaps originally also set with gem-stones, above the fluke is engraved with a feathered parrot.
There are further images and information in my blog dated 22nd January 2015
India Circa 1780 Length 8″ £ POA