Elephant Temple - Bronze - Laos - 19th century

Elephant Temple - Bronze - Laos - 19th century
Very good condition, see description - 0×0×0 mm

2x bronze elephant.
Country of origin: LAOS.
Dating: late 19th century.

These elephants were meant for religious use. Surely, the elephant is regarded as the symbol of fertility and wisdom. They most probably acted as flankers of a Buddha statue in a home temple, judging by the dimensions and the technique utilised in the production process: they were modelled by hand in wax and subsequently cast in the 'cire perdu' (lost wax) method. This also implies that these are unique pieces. Although they are two and the same elephants, clear differences can still be distinguished. A striking aspect are the raised trunks of the elephants: this is not uncommon for religious pieces like these, as it's meant to bring prosperity. The explanation for this is that both these elephants were modelled after the example of a royal and thus religious procession: in all their grandeur they lift their trunk as a homage to the religious dignitary. (By the way, religiousness and royalty go hand in hand, seeing that the king was regarded as the direct representative, yes, even a descendant of the Buddha.) Dimensions:
Height at the top of the trunk: approx. 95 mm.
Weight: approx. 180 grams.
PLEASE TAKE CAREFUL NOTE OF THE MEASUREMENTS – a normal penlight battery is shown for size comparison.

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Lot details
Elephant Temple
19th century
Region/ Country of origin
Very good condition, see description
0×0×0 mm
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