Courtesy: Courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council

Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao (Universal Peace and Baby Elephant)

Portland, Oregon

Shang Dynasty replica (

North Park Blocks, NW Park Ave. and W Burnside St., Portland, Oregon, 97209
Administrator:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Owner:  City of Portland
Date:  2002
Placement:  parks (recreation areas)
Collection:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  bronze (metal)
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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