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 AD - 1795 AD)
  • Maker
  • Materials
  • 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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