An Interesting and Curious ‘Wunderkammer’ Walking Cane Fashioned from the Long Tail of a Giant Eagle Ray ‘Myliobatis Aquila’

An Interesting and Curious ‘Wunderkammer’ Walking Cane Fashioned from the Long Tail of a Giant Eagle Ray ‘Myliobatis Aquila’
Mounted with a colonial silver collar and turned colonial ivory knop 
Original ferrule to the tip 
Sri Lanka or Goa 
Early 19th Century

Size: 90.5cm long - 35½ ins long 
An Interesting and Curious ‘Wunderkammer’ Walking Cane Fashioned from the Long Tail of a Giant Eagle Ray ‘Myliobatis Aquila’
Mounted with a colonial silver collar and turned colonial ivory knop 
Original ferrule to the tip 
Sri Lanka or Goa 
Early 19th Century

Size: 90.5cm long - 35½ ins long 
Eagle rays swim in the Atlantic Ocean from Britain to Senegal as well as the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas. They are more active than Stingrays feeding on crustaceans and molluscs they forage on the sea bed. They are large graceful fish with pointed wing like pectoral fins and extraordinary long thin tails. These were sometimes put to use by sailors and made into an instrument of punishment.
Ex Private English collection 

cf For another example housed in a Morocco leather case, see Finch and Co catalogue number, 26, item number 50, 2016 

An Interesting and Curious ‘Wunderkammer’ Walking Cane Fashioned from the Long Tail of a Giant Eagle Ray ‘Myliobatis Aquila’

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