Altar ornament

LL 6133

Part of

Lady Lever South End star objects

Selected from hundreds of items, these fantastic star objects give a flavour of the new displays you will see in the refurbished South End galleries.

About this object

One of a pair of Buddhist altar ornaments, in the form of a richly dressed elephant, carrying a beaker-shaped vase on its back. The elephant's body is carefully painted in brown and red, and the trapping is painted in rich famille rose enamels. The tusks are made from ivory. The vase on its back is painted to imitate enamelled metalwork. The leaves sprouting from the vase are made from green jade and the berries from red coral.

The elephant is a Chinese symbol of peace.
  • Date
    Qing Dynasty: Qianlong (1736 - 1795 AD)
  • Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
    Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration in famille rose style
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1920
  • Location
    Lady Lever Art Gallery, Room 07, Case 9011
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China: Jiangxi: Jingdezhen
  • Measurements
    720 mm x 640 mm x 450 mm
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections
Object view = Decorative Arts
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