A Tibetan gilt bronze model of an elephant 17th century
Lot 1639
A gilt copper alloy bronze 'Precious Elephant,' Hastiratna Tibet, 17th century
Sold for US$ 6,250 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A gilt copper alloy bronze 'Precious Elephant,' Hastiratna
Tibet, 17th century
With a long trunk outstretched offering a lotus and a slightly gaping mouth and narrow leaf shape ears, the elephant is surmounted by a 'wish-fulfilling gem' set on a four sectioned collar adorned with beaded swags over a pleated cloth.
8in (20.3cm) high

Footnotes

  • The precious elephant is one of the symbols of the chakravartin and is considered lord of all bull elephants - as large as a mountain, his skin white as snow. For further discussion see Beer, The Encylopedia of Tibetan Symbols, 1999, p. 163.

    Provenance:
    J. Russell Wherritt Trust
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