The jade is carved in the round, as an elephant standing with its head turned towards its right, with curved tusks, ears and eyes finely detailed. The elephant is with a decorative harness, the body covered with a large tasseled saddle blanket decorated with a medallion and a plant. On his side, a boy dressed in loose robes holding a cash coin. The pale green stone with beautiful carving and polish highlighted by russet inclusions.
The combination of the elephant and the boy is a wish of good fortune in Chinese culture.
See Reginald and Lena Palmer, Their Collection and The Oriental Ceramic Society, 1921-1970, exhibition at Bonhams from the 25th of October to the 2nd of November 2021, n°29, p. 94-95 (a close carved jade elephant figure of 17th century)