Tribute Elephants at the Qing Court

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Along with many other things, in China elephants represent strength, used since ancient times as symbol of the emperor’s authority and often featured in Imperial statuary – such as the Ming tombs outside Nanjing. The emperor kept real elephants too, in stables known as the “Tame Elephant Facility” ([馴象所), just inside Beijing’s city wall at Xuanwumen. There was room for …