Commonly known as "Temple Toys," these brass figures date back to the early-to-mid 19th Century India. They were mainly used as devotional donations for Khanodba and Shiva in Central India, as well as Ayyannar and Karuppan in Tamil Nadu. Since ancient times, a person was held in high esteem for the donation of a horse or other animal to one of the Gods. It was believe that these bronze figures allowed the God to come to the aid of the devotee in times of need. These figures would be left as offerings in a nearby temple, where children would often find them and use them as toys; hence the name "Temple Toy."


This is an authentic bronze temple toy from 19th Century India. It stands a whopping 11.25" tall, and weighs 10.5 lbs. It is unusually large, and in excellent condition. The rider's head was broken off and repaired at one point in time. It is a very unique piece that displays quite well.

Indian "Temple Toy" Bronze Elephant on Wheels, 19th Century

$650.00 Regular Price
$425.00Sale Price