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Chinese Elephant Statues

Elephants in Chinese culture are entirely positive creatures. They are symbolic of good luck, strength, patience, wisdom, and peace, representations that are likely borrowed from Indian culture, brought to China along with Buddhism. Owing to elephant family behavior, elephants in Asian cultures also represent loyalty, benevolence, and fidelity.

The character for elephant in Chinese is the same as that which describes things to come. As a result, elephant statues are also often created as an object of hope. The pairing of the elephant image with stone creates a pun that represents strength, whereas an elephant holding a vase represents hope for peace. These depictions of elephants are popular gifts and household objects in order to bring good fortune to their owners. A young elephant rider is also a common symbol for good luck.


Quick Facts

  • An elephant with a raised trunk represents victory, whereas one with a lowered trunk represents longevity
  • Chinese elephant statues are often placed in pairs at the front of a home, facing outward in order to bring protection and peace to the home. Ideally this elephant is standing on its hind legs with its trunk raised
  • The rare white elephant is revered as the purest form and believed to be a future reincarnation of Buddha

Recommended Items at Auction

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Celadon Jade Carving of Elephant
Dec 03, 12:00 PM PST
Celadon Jade Carving of Elephant
by Jumbo Auction House
Est: $1,500- $2,800
$2000 Bids
Mottled Jade Carving of Elephant
Dec 03, 12:00 PM PST
Mottled Jade Carving of Elephant
by Jumbo Auction House
Est: $1,000- $1,800
$1000 Bids
Four Chinese gilt-wood elephants, 18th century
Dec 04, 9:00 AM EST
Four Chinese gilt-wood elephants, 18th century
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$1000 Bids
PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE AND WHITE GLAZE CARVED 'ELEPHANTS' FIGURES
Dec 03, 3:00 PM PST
PAIR OF FAMILLE ROSE AND WHITE GLAZE CARVED 'ELEPHANTS' FIGURES
by Mega International Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,2000 Bids
A CHINESE BRONZE-GILT ELEPHANT
Dec 04, 9:30 AM EST
A CHINESE BRONZE-GILT ELEPHANT
by Berkeley Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$3000 Bids
A FINE WHITE JADE RUSSET ELEPHANT AND BOYS GROUP
Nov 30, 1:00 PM CET
A FINE WHITE JADE RUSSET ELEPHANT AND BOYS GROUP
by Marcopolo Asian Art
Est: €5,000- €8,000
€5,0000 Bids
CHINESE SHOUSHAN TIANHUANG STONE FIGURE OF ARHAT AND ELEPHANT
Dec 09, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE SHOUSHAN TIANHUANG STONE FIGURE OF ARHAT AND ELEPHANT
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $7,000- $20,000
$4,5000 Bids
CHINESE BRONZE ELEPHANT
Dec 07, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE BRONZE ELEPHANT
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $600- $1,500
$4000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE BOY ON ELEPHANT
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN JADE BOY ON ELEPHANT
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $2,500- $6,000
$1,4000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE PLAQUE WITH CARVED 'ELEPHANT'
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN JADE PLAQUE WITH CARVED 'ELEPHANT'
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $2,500- $6,000
$1,3000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE FIGURE OF BOY AND ELEPHANT
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN JADE FIGURE OF BOY AND ELEPHANT
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $3,500- $9,000
$2,5000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE ELEPHANT
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN JADE ELEPHANT
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $5,000- $15,000
$4,0000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE MONKEY ON ELEPHANT
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN JADE MONKEY ON ELEPHANT
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $15,000- $40,000
$10,0000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN YELLOW JADE ELEPHANT
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN YELLOW JADE ELEPHANT
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $2,000- $5,000
$1,2000 Bids
TWO GREEN JADE ELEPHANTS
Dec 16, 11:00 AM CET
TWO GREEN JADE ELEPHANTS
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €400- €500
€3000 Bids
CHINESE HETIAN JADE FIGURE OF BOY AND ELEPHANT
Dec 08, 9:30 AM EST
CHINESE HETIAN JADE FIGURE OF BOY AND ELEPHANT
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $3,500- $9,000
$2,5000 Bids
ASIAN HAND CARVED GREEN JADE ELEPHANT FIGURE
Dec 07, 10:00 PM EST
ASIAN HAND CARVED GREEN JADE ELEPHANT FIGURE
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $60- $90
$390 Bids
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Three bronze figures of a reclining ram, an elephant and a rabbit Han dynasty (3)
Dec 07, 2:00 PM AEDT
Three bronze figures of a reclining ram, an elephant and a rabbit Han dynasty (3)
by Bonhams
Est: AUD1,500- AUD2,200
AUD1,5000 Bids
GROUPE
Dec 05, 2:00 PM CET
GROUPE
by Tajan
Est: €2,000- €4,000
€1,8000 Bids
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Large Chinese Cameo Agate Sculpture
Dec 17, 11:00 AM PST
Large Chinese Cameo Agate Sculpture
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
A GILT-COPPER PANEL IN SHAPE OF AN ELEPHANT
Dec 06, 9:30 AM CET
A GILT-COPPER PANEL IN SHAPE OF AN ELEPHANT
by Nagel Auction
Est: €500- €800
€5000 Bids
A CARVED FIGURE WASH ELEPHANT WHITE JADE BOULDER ORNAMENTS
Jan 02, 9:00 AM EST
A CARVED FIGURE WASH ELEPHANT WHITE JADE BOULDER ORNAMENTS
by Roswell Auctions
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$1,0000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Elephant Statues


Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Roswell Auctions

Roswell Auctions

Jumbo Auction House

Jumbo Auction House