Elephant carrying a vase


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222

This sculpture is typical of an innovative style of the eighteenth to early nineteenth century, when Chinese craftspeople created novel designs by combining traditional forms with decorative elements from other cultures. While the compact and broad shapes of the animals are derived from the native tradition, the sparkling inlays of semiprecious stones are unmistakably inspired by the jades of Mughal India.

Elephant carrying a vase, Jade (nephrite) with semiprecious stone inlays, China

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