Object Title

Elephant goad (ankus)

Elephant goad (ankus)



Object Number



Purchased from Sqd. Ldr. Marsland January 1964.

Physical Description

The head of the goad is of iron with sunk panels inlaid with gold and silver of deities and foliage. This is carried on a turned shaft lacquered in buff, green and an orange colour. At the end is a chiselled ferrule of brass with a ring at the base. The deities include Laksmi, Devi and a Kinnara.


Dimensions: The overall length of the object is 930 mm. Weight: The weight of the item is 1.7 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Sri Lanka

Bibliographic References

de Silva, PHDH, Catalogue of antiquities and other cultural objects from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) abroad, Colombo, National Museum, 1975, p. 149, pl. 43-4

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 143

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 41