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Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian
Creator Dates/Places: Asia,South Asia,Gandhara (region)
Creator Active Place: Asia,South Asia,Gandhara (region)
Creator Name-CRT: Asia,South Asia,Gandhara (region)
Title Type: preferred
View: 3/4 view
Creation Start Date: 295
Creation End Date: 305
Creation Date: c. 300
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Stone
Materials and Techniques: Schist
Dimensions: 33 x 30.5 x 13.3 cm (13 x 12 x 5 1/4 in.)
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1997.726
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf
Subject Description: This Gandharan pachyderm may have originally served as a vessel decoration. Saddled and adorned with pearls and bells, the elephant could have carried a reliquary on its shoulder. In myths, this beloved native animal once had wings and was associated with the clouds. Although now earthbound, elephants retain the power to attract their celestial companions, the rain-bearing clouds.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1997.726
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999
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