This elaborate and beautiful candelabra is probably made of bison horn. Ratnagiri and Sawantwadi in Maharashtra had artisans (who were also carpenters and metalworkers) who worked on bison horns. This was done by moulding and scratching on the horns that were procured from Malabar. The artisans usually created small stands and caskets used for worship by Brahman community of Maharashtra. However, later modern utilitarian wares as well as elaborate and finer decorative pieces were in demand amongst the Europeans in India.
There are a few examples of such candelabra, a less elaborate one being in the Bhau Daji Lad Museum nearby. The catalogue of the exhibition of Indian Art held in Delhi in 1903 shows a similar candelabra on showcase at the exhibition.
School of Art Collection.
Indian Decorative Art
20th Century CE
H - 77.2 x W- 55 x L - 50 cm