The bronze is in good, age-related condition with usual signs of wear. The painting is partly worn. The height is 24 cm and the width 34 cm.
The elephant is found throughout Asian and is already mentioned in Chinese literature in the 3rd century. During the Ming dynasty elephants were part of important imperial celebrations. The elephant is often the mount of a hero and a symbol of prudence, wisdom and strength. Riding an elephant signifies happiness, hence the elephant is often represented with a child on its back. The depiction of an elephant carrying a treasure vase on its back is called Taiping youxiang 太平有象 and is a symbol of peace and serenity.