Antique Brass Tibetan Elephant Meditation Sculpture – 100+ Yrs Old – Handmade – 14cm High
Extremely rare – antique Tibetan hand made Elephant. 100+ years old.
Similar to the Tibetan antique meditation lions, however this one does not come with a removable head. Very rare.
One of an amazing collection of 6 of these pieces that we managed to source. These dieties have been around since around 1880. Flat pieces of metal were bent into the desired forms using simple tools and then welded together to create this intricate and amazing art pieces which developed over generations – part of a long tradition even though items like this are virtually extinct nowadays.
This item is around 14cm high with trunk up and would have taken weeks to create before being used in meditation practice. Weighing around 184 gms, the filigree decoration that covers the outside has small circular pieces of brass that have been wrapped around a small rod, cut and then welded onto the animal form – each of them made entirely by hand. The ‘stones’ were also hand formed – we believe that the white pieces are onyx-marble and the blue and red pieces possibly glass, or potentially coral and turquoise.
There are three red pieces missing however there are literally hundreds of these coloured pieces so this is not noticeable and certainly does not spoil the piece.
Am in love with all these pieces – so much history within each one.