An ivory snuff bottle, in the form of a deity on an elephant. The deity may have been Samantabhadra Bodhisattva riding on top of an elephant, one of the largest of animals. While it is gentle, the elephant has a strength that exceeds even that of a lion, and thus expresses the compassion of Samantabhadra. Delicate, well adorned and detailed. 19th century.
Size is 3″ height x 2″ width.