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This beautiful painting of an elephant is part of a series of tributes to the traditional animals of Cambodian culture.
The elephant is possibly the most well known of the animals steeped in Cambodian culture, having been an integral part of it, both symbolically and in labor.
Not so very long ago, it was pretty common for one village to own several elephants, but these days most villages do not own any at all. In the North-east of Cambodia, only the Pnong, Ede, Krung and Jarai still work actively with pachyderms.
The elephant is a symbol of determination, loyalty, steadfastness and inner strength. In Buddhist cultures, a white elephant is often used to indicate patience, and wisdom. To the Hindu culture, the elephant represents protection, luck and fortune, which is personified by the deity Ganesh. Certain Asian cultures even hold the elephant to be a cosmic creature, carrying the weight of the world on its back, so we do not have to.
This beautifully rendered lacquered painting shows a small eared Asian elephant reaching out with its trunk to attain the succulent, sun drenched leaves from the top of the tree. An elephant with its trunk curled upwards is also considered a token of good luck. Painted with fine copper leaves, this painting has a rich glow that will warm any room.