A mottled white jade carving of an elephant and vase 16th/17th century
Lot 76
A flecked jade group of a recumbent elephant and vase 16th/17th century
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,593) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Scottish private collection of Jade Carvings (Lots 75 to 83)
A flecked jade group of a recumbent elephant and vase
16th/17th century
The heavily-carved animal recumbent with his head and trunk turned to the left, enclosing a pear-shaped vase between its trunk and fat body, a lozenge-shaped saddlecloth incised on its back, the stone of whitish-grey tone with brown short stripes.
6cm (2½in) wide

Footnotes

  • 十六/十七世紀 灰白玉雕臥象

    Provenance: a Scottish private collection of jade carvings

    The elephant (象 xiang) is a pun for the word sign (also 象 xiang) and together with the vase (瓶 ping), which is a pun for peace (平 ping), they represent the phrase 'when there is peace, there are signs' (太平有象 taiping youxiang). During the Qing dynasty, real elephants carrying vases on their backs appeared in processions to celebrate the birthday of the emperor.
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