Ca 1900 Bronze Three Elephant Heads Paperweight Sculpture Incised Work - image 1 of 10

An antique, possibly Vienna bronze paperweight, solid and heavy, of three-in-one elephants standing on a thick round base. The sculpture is wonderfully cast; each elephant looks to have two front legs and two ears, but they are shared so there is just three of each total. They each have a long trunk which reaches down to curl against the side of the platform and each has two protruding tusks. They have incised wrinkles and eyes and head decoration which fuses into a central flower. The bronze has a deep brown patina and only the worn base displays the underlying metal.

There are no hallmarks that I can find. The bronze is 4" high and 3 1/4" diameter. It weighs 2 lb 1.2 oz. Two heads have a tusk with a damaged/broken tip. They must be very old breaks because they have acquired the same dark patina as the rest of the sculpture and so don't stand out.

This bronze may represent the three-headed elephant Airavata, known in Thailand as Erawan, god-king of the elephants. It dates from around 1900 and will be most handsome on a desk.

ITEM ID
Bronze Elephants Paperweight
COLOR
Bronze
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Mendocino Vintage

Ca 1900 Bronze Three Elephant Heads Paperweight Sculpture Incised Work

$90

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