Antique Chinese Double Elephant Architectural Sculpture
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An unusual and highly interesting Antique Architectural Element of a Double-Headed Elephant in elm dating to 1920 from the Henan Province of China. This fantastic Antique Chinese Architectural Element would have sat atop a wooden support beams, either inside the home, or possibly on the roof. This Antique Chinese Sculpture features a hand-carved double-headed elephant, which represents energy, strength, power, and longevity. There are also carvings of a bat (good luck) and a dragon and a phoenix (yin and yang -- the perfect balance) amidst the lucky design of scrolling clouds. This Antique Chinese Architectural Sculpture was purchased from a family home of government officials. This Antique Chinese Sculpture of Elephants could be mounted on a wall or simply sit on the floor or on a table to add a unique and charming Asian character to any room. This intricately carved Antique Chinese Architectural Sculpture is truly a piece of Chinese Folk Art and would make a great addition to your collection.
The elephant is a symbol for happiness, longevity, and good fortune, as well as strength and astuteness. ,
According to Chinese belief, bats represent good luck, as the word for bat sounds very similar to "Fu", the word for good fortune or blessing. Two bats seen together doubles the good luck, while the representation of five bats together symbolizes the Five Blessings of life: wealth, health, virtue, a long life and a natural death.
The repetitive, scrolling cloud motif is probably the most common carved decorative accent in Antique Chinese Furniture. This pretty carved flourish, often found on aprons and spandrels, is meant to convey good fortune. ,
DRAGON & PHOENIX
A powerful combination in Chinese symbolism, the dragon and phoenix represent Yin and Yang together -- a natural and perfect balance. This dynamic union symbolizes prosperity, success, love, friendship, and enlightenment. The Dragon and Phoenix were often matched during wedding festivities, as their combination suggests the married pair will enjoy a lifetime of wealth and happiness.
Overall Condition is Restored. Shows normal wear and miscellaneous nicks, dings, and scratches due to age and use.
Overall measurements (inches)
17.50H x 60.50W x 4D .
Dates to circa
- Newberry, South Carolina
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- Country of Origin
- Henan Province, China
- Width: 60.5 inches
- Height: 17.5 inches
- Depth: 4 inches
- Weight: 34.1 pounds
- Restored. See description for more details.
- Modern Era