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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

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Lladro Porcelain Elephants Figurine
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Lladro Porcelain Elephants Figurine
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$1403 Bids
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SILVER ROARING ELEPHANT STATUE
Nov 06, 2:00 PM EDT
SILVER ROARING ELEPHANT STATUE
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Est: $100- $10,000
$122 Bids
Pair of Brass Elephant Statues
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Pair of Brass Elephant Statues
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
Robert Rauschenberg - Noname (Elephant)
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Robert Rauschenberg - Noname (Elephant)
by Dane Fine Art Auctions
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$2,0000 Bids
CHINESE YELLOW JADE ELEPHANT
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
CHINESE YELLOW JADE ELEPHANT
by Ander's Auction
Est: $2,400- $3,400
$1,2000 Bids
A Burmese bronze of an Elephant and rider
Nov 11, 10:30 AM GMT
A Burmese bronze of an Elephant and rider
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £200- £300
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Superb Natural Hetian Jade Elephant & Urchin Statue
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Superb Natural Hetian Jade Elephant & Urchin Statue
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Est: $900- $1,200
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Oct 28, 5:00 PM CEST
Ink desk in bronze with two elephants
by Duran Arte Y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€1800 Bids
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Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
Carved elephant bone trunk up
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Est: $35- $90
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Italian 800 Solid Silver Miniature Elephant Figurine
Nov 14, 10:00 AM PST
Italian 800 Solid Silver Miniature Elephant Figurine
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Est: $150- $200
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CHINESE WHITE JADE ELEPHANT
Nov 06, 9:00 AM EDT
CHINESE WHITE JADE ELEPHANT
by Ander's Auction
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
CHINESE WHITE JADE ELEPHANT ORNAMENT
Nov 06, 9:00 AM EDT
CHINESE WHITE JADE ELEPHANT ORNAMENT
by Ander's Auction
Est: $1,500- $1,900
$7500 Bids
14K Yellow Gold Elephant Earrings W/Blue Sapphires
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
14K Yellow Gold Elephant Earrings W/Blue Sapphires
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1500 Bids
Asian Tibetan Silver Elephant Zodiac Amulet Bar
Nov 03, 6:00 PM EDT
Asian Tibetan Silver Elephant Zodiac Amulet Bar
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Est: $100- $150
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Tibetan Silver Elephant Decorated Bangle
Nov 03, 6:00 PM EDT
Tibetan Silver Elephant Decorated Bangle
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Est: $90- $120
$600 Bids
INDIA ANTIQUE SILVER BANGLE BRACELET WITH ELEPHANTS, 16 GR.
Oct 28, 5:00 PM IDT
INDIA ANTIQUE SILVER BANGLE BRACELET WITH ELEPHANTS, 16 GR.
by The Bidder
Est: $0- $0
$500 Bids
HETIAN JADE 'BOY AND ELEPHANT' GROUP
Nov 02, 9:00 AM EDT
HETIAN JADE 'BOY AND ELEPHANT' GROUP
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $9,000- $18,000
$4,0000 Bids
HETIAN JADE 'ELEPHANT' CARVING
Nov 02, 9:00 AM EDT
HETIAN JADE 'ELEPHANT' CARVING
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $35,000- $60,000
$12,0000 Bids
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BLUE AND WHITE CERAMIC FIGURE
Nov 02, 10:00 AM GMT
BLUE AND WHITE CERAMIC FIGURE
by Sheppards
Est: €20- €30
€100 Bids
Pair Vintage Chinese Large Rose Quartz Elephants
Oct 30, 11:30 AM EDT
Pair Vintage Chinese Large Rose Quartz Elephants
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $500- $1,000
$2000 Bids
Sterling Silver Elephant Ring
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Elephant Ring
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$10 Bids
A Pair of Chinese Blanc de Chine Elephant Joss Holders
Nov 06, 10:00 AM EDT
A Pair of Chinese Blanc de Chine Elephant Joss Holders
by Alex Cooper
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
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PAIR OF GILT BRONZE CAST ELEPHANT ORNAMENTS
Oct 29, 10:00 AM EDT
PAIR OF GILT BRONZE CAST ELEPHANT ORNAMENTS
by Empire Auction House
Est: $800- $1,000
$6000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Elephant Statues


Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Chiswick Auctions

Chiswick Auctions

Akiba Antiques

Akiba Antiques

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida