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.
8 in. (20.3 cm.) high