Antique Chinese Double Elephant Architectural Sculpture
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A rare and unique Antique Chinese Architectural Element of a Double-Headed Elephant dating to 1920 in elm from the Henan Province, that was more than likely part of a decoration design for a roof.
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
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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