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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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HEAVY CHINESE HAND CARVED JADE ELEPHANT
Jul 27, 7:00 PM EDT
HEAVY CHINESE HAND CARVED JADE ELEPHANT
by Chamberlain Auction Gallery
Est: $900- $1,200
$4002 Bids
Two Chinese carved faux jade Elephant figures Chinese Each figure 8 x 5.5 cms
Aug 12, 6:00 PM AEST
Two Chinese carved faux jade Elephant figures Chinese Each figure 8 x 5.5 cms
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD10- AUD1,000
AUD101 Bid
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Estate Chinese Jade/ Gemstone Sculptures
Jul 27, 11:00 AM PDT
Estate Chinese Jade/ Gemstone Sculptures
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Early Antique Chinese Carved Relief on Stand
Aug 04, 1:00 PM EDT
Early Antique Chinese Carved Relief on Stand
by Helmuth Stone
Est: $300- $600
$1500 Bids
A white jade elephant,Tang Dynasty,China
Jul 29, 8:00 AM EDT
A white jade elephant,Tang Dynasty,China
by Hotspot Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$2000 Bids
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FAMILLE ROSE GLAZED GOLD-PAINTED PEACE AND PROSPERITY ELEPHANT
Jul 27, 11:00 AM EDT
FAMILLE ROSE GLAZED GOLD-PAINTED PEACE AND PROSPERITY ELEPHANT
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $360- $540
$1800 Bids
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A FINE OX HORN MADE SMALL ELEPHANT FIGURE
Jul 27, 11:00 AM EDT
A FINE OX HORN MADE SMALL ELEPHANT FIGURE
by William's Auctions, LLC
Est: $40- $60
$200 Bids
ASIAN HAND CARVED GREEN JADE ELEPHANT FIGURE
Aug 15, 9:00 PM EDT
ASIAN HAND CARVED GREEN JADE ELEPHANT FIGURE
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $60- $90
$390 Bids
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Ceramic elephant as a flower table. CHINA, 20th century,
Jul 27, 10:00 AM CEST
Ceramic elephant as a flower table. CHINA, 20th century,
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €130- €200
€1300 Bids
Chinese Tang Dynasty elephant pillow
Jul 28, 8:00 AM PDT
Chinese Tang Dynasty elephant pillow
by DotDot Art Gallery Inc
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$5000 Bids
Chinese Han Dynasty lying elephant
Jul 28, 8:00 AM PDT
Chinese Han Dynasty lying elephant
by DotDot Art Gallery Inc
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$3000 Bids
A Fine Chinese Elephant Decorated With Turquoise & Rubies 19th Century
Jul 27, 12:00 PM EDT
A Fine Chinese Elephant Decorated With Turquoise & Rubies 19th Century
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $50- $250
$250 Bids
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Chinese Chicken Bone Jade Sculpture
Jul 26, 11:00 AM PDT
Chinese Chicken Bone Jade Sculpture
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
A Chinese Carved Jade Elephant Decoration
Jul 27, 8:00 PM EDT
A Chinese Carved Jade Elephant Decoration
by Annabel's Galleries Inc.
Est: $500- $700
$3000 Bids
A Chinese Ding-Type Glazed Porcelain Elephant
Jul 27, 8:00 PM EDT
A Chinese Ding-Type Glazed Porcelain Elephant
by Annabel's Galleries Inc.
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
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Chinese Spinach Jade Elephant
Aug 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Chinese Spinach Jade Elephant
by Ander's Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
Pair of Gilt Bronze Elephant Figure
Aug 01, 2:00 PM PDT
Pair of Gilt Bronze Elephant Figure
by Walnut Tree Auction House, Inc
Est: $28,000- $38,000
$5,0000 Bids
A CHINESE CARVED JADE ELEPHANT
Aug 08, 9:00 AM EDT
A CHINESE CARVED JADE ELEPHANT
by Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC
Est: $1,000- $25,000
$1000 Bids
A CHINESE CARVED JADE ELEPHANT
Aug 09, 9:00 AM EDT
A CHINESE CARVED JADE ELEPHANT
by Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC
Est: $1,000- $25,000
$1000 Bids
A Chinese ceramic model of an elephant
Aug 01, 10:00 AM PDT
A Chinese ceramic model of an elephant
by Andrew Jones Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$400 Bids
Cloisonne Enamel Elephant
Jul 30, 3:30 PM PDT
Cloisonne Enamel Elephant
by China Arts Auction
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$3000 Bids
Spinach-Green Jade Elephant Ornament
Jul 30, 3:30 PM PDT
Spinach-Green Jade Elephant Ornament
by China Arts Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$4000 Bids
Qing Dynasty Jing Tai Lang Bronze Elephant
Aug 02, 9:30 AM CDT
Qing Dynasty Jing Tai Lang Bronze Elephant
by Houston Antique Auction LLC
Est: $200- $2,000
$1000 Bids
Jade. A Chinese hardstone elephant and other items
Jul 26, 10:00 AM BST
Jade. A Chinese hardstone elephant and other items
by Dominic Winter Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Elephant Statues


Wealthier Art & Auction

Wealthier Art & Auction

Annabel's Galleries Inc.

Annabel's Galleries Inc.

William's Auctions, LLC

William's Auctions, LLC

China Arts Auction

China Arts Auction