SHIH-SOU SILVER-WIRE INLAID BRONZE ELEPHANT

SHIH-SOU SILVER-WIRE INLAID BRONZE ELEPHANT

15th century to 16th century China

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A copper-red bronze seated upright elephant paperweight or desk ornament of hefty palm-of-the-hand scale, inlaid using silver wire with a surface patterning of scrolling floral design, giving the beast's otherwise naturalistic surface an archaising effect.

Signed underneath in silver wire with the "signature" Shih-sou. "Old Man Rock" was a Ming and later generic signature for figural works and desk objects decorated with such silver wire surface inlay; animals using the technique and bearing the Shih-sou name are far, far rarer. This red elephant, with its powerful baroque curlicue devolution of skin folds and ears, is earlier than many; although whether or not that allows for the possibility that the first Shih-sou actually made it himself remains highly debatable. The fitted box for the animal features a pre-crinkled fabric for it to sit in, entertainingly echoing the nature of elephant skin.

8 cm high, 3 1/8 in.; 9.8cm wide, 3 7/8 in.

Mid to late Ming dynasty, fifteenth to seventeenth century.
Dimensions
Height 8.00 cm (3.15 inches)
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