Lock elements, called "Manichithrathazhu".
This lock presents us with an engraved and openwork decoration of interlacing and crenellated curved elements evoking Shiva's trident as well as stylized bird tails.
The "Manichithrathazhu" are beautiful locks adorning the doors of beautiful houses in Kerala. They are not only ornamental elements marking a social status but they also have the power to protect the home and ward off bad luck.
South India, Kerala
Screwed onto a panel, traces of oxidation
Late 19th century or early 20th century
Frame size: 38.50 x 48 cm
|Width (cm)||38,50 cm|
|Height (cm)||48 cm|
|Shipping Time||Ready to ship in 4-7 Business Days|
|Location||69620, Ternand, France|