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Lot 110: A fine pair of famille rose porcelain elephant figures
22 October 2016
Sarzana (SP), ItalyLive Auction
dating: mid-20th Century
Depicting one of the Qi ZhengBaoe, symmetrically molded; set on four paws, on a caparison ; both are painted in famille rose tones and hold a baluster-shaped vase, painted with a scroll of lotus flowers on the body; featuring Arabic numbers and a Chinese character at the inside of the caparisons.
Period: Republich of China / First People's Republic of China.The seven Buddhist treasures (Qi ZhengBao in Chinese) are an ensemble of seven human spiritual values and, at the same time, seven jewels representing them. In the Buddhist culture they are the symbol of the royalty - also Chakravartin, the universal monarch, is associated to the seven treasures: the gold wheel, elephants, horses, pearls, an expert minister, a honest wife, loyal generals.
In China, elephant is the symbol of strength, energy and perseverance, and it is also considered a model of morality and astuteness. The elephant provided with the caparison is a good omen. The pronunciation of the animal name, Xiang (è±¡), and of the caparison, An (éž), respectively represents happiness and harmony.
dimensions: dimensions 20 x 18 x 8 cm.