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Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao (Universal Peace and Baby Elephant), 2002
Artworks: Sculpture

Artist
Shang Dynasty replica
Collection
City of Portland and Multnomah County Public Art Collection courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council
Materials
Bronze
Dates
  • Installed, 2002
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Description
The young elephant standing peacefully on his father's back symbolizes safe and prosperous offspring. Based off of a wine pitcher from the late Shang Dynasty (circa 1200-1100 BC) this sculpture is about sixteen times larger than the original. The elaborate surface decoration features cloud-shaped curves and birds and animals from ancient Chinese mythology.

Da Tung, may be translated as "universal peace" or "large bronze". Xi'an Bao Bao means "baby elephant".
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Location
NW Park Ave. & W Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209
United States

NW Park Ave. and W Burnside St.
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