Painted Elephant Trunk

c. 1900
$2,880 USD
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Dimensions
W: 45.75" D: 19.0" H: 16.5"
Materials
Iron
Lacquer
Poplar
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
TLA059
Estimated Shipping
$388

This fantastic painted trunk from northern China is lavishly decorated from end to end in the Tibetan style with a rich palette of red, orange, and green. Raised outlines and layers of glossy lacquer lend the chest rich texture and catch the light beautifully. The front is painted with two white elephants, one of the seven treasures of the Chakravarti and a symbol of calm and strength of mind. Painted on the sides, and repeated throughout, are depictions of the "three jewels," representing the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, the means by which a Buddhist takes spiritual refuge. On the lid is a mythical fu lion dog, also known as shizi, a benevolent guardian to protect the belongings stowed within. We love this colorful trunk in modern interiors as a fantastic blanket chest or coffee table.

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