A gilt bronze model of an elephant

16th / 17th century, Sino-Tibetan

Length: 22cm, 8.5 inches

The caparisoned animal is modelled with its trunk lowered and curled slightly inwards, striding forward with a good humoured expression. The elephants back is covered by a large blanket decorated with shou characters (long life), and edged with a scrolling boarder, his forehead is bejewelled and around the neck is a chunky triple row chain collar.

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