Lapidary and Bone-carving Art Items

Elephant with the tower-shaped casket

    Elephant with the tower-shaped casket

    Russian Empire

    Late 19th century

    Bowenite, rubies-cabochons, silver, enamel; carving, polishing, casting, enamel over guilloché

    22.9 x 24.1 cm


    Figurine of elephant is carved from bowenite with eyes and nostrils from ruby-cabochons in gold settings. Vermeil silver saddlecloth, covered with red enamel over guilloche and vermeil silver tower-shaped casket with the hinged lid, decorated with white enamel bricks, red enamel over guilloché rims and rubies in square settinings, are mounted on the elephant's back.