Elephant leg columns are often set atop a low wall to keep them shorter. Stout and stubby, they convey solidity and massiveness.
These columns are also used in interiors. Homes with open-plan interiors often have rooms created by screens and built-in elements such as bookcases. The elephant leg column can be used to define each room and bring a feeling of solidity to the interior.
The elephant leg column dates to the early 20th century, but it continues to be used today, sometimes in playful ways.