Made of Soap Stone in India, this three elephant parade incense holder has five holes to hold various sticks of incense while they burn.
The elephant is a symbol of strength, power, stability and wisdom.
Elephant statues are popular worldwide. It is common superstition that an elephant carving or picture should always face the door if you want to bring good luck into the house.
It also protects the home when facing the entrance making sure only good fortune passes through.
Symbolism associated with the number "3" varies across cultures:
Number representing the Holy Trinity, it is also the number of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity.
Symbol of the compass.
Perfect number according to Chinese.
A favorable number associated to the childbirth and to the birth.
Sacred number of the woman in the Mayas.
For the Egyptians, 3 is the number of the cosmos that comprises three elements: sky, earth and "duat" (zone surrounding the intermediate worlds between the earth and celestial spirits).