A Gilt Copper Repoussé Elephant Head

A Gilt Copper Repoussé Elephant Head

c. 1775 Tibet

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The head has a long curving trunk with an embossed cartouche in the centre and is adorned with a jewelled head dress and silvered tusks. The elephant is one of the seven precious possessions of chakravartin, the 'universal monarch' of whom Buddha was an incarnation. Together with the horse it is his vehicle and a symbol of his speed and strength, both moral and spiritual.
Private English collection prior to 1986
Acquired from Sheila Presencer, London 2005
The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols Robert Beer
Hall's Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern and Western Art
Dimensions
Width 56.00 cm (22.05 inches)
Stock Code
1097/2524
Medium
Gilt Copper
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