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Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Ebony Wood
Height: 1.6 feet/19 inches, 48 centimeters
Length: 1.5 feet/18 inches, 46 centimeters
Region: Kenya, East Africa
Approximate Age: 34 years (1988)
Availability: In Stock, Available to Ship Immediately
Item Number: SF004
Tear Sheet: Available Upon Request
Provenance Report: "Mother and Children"
Condition: Excellent; Not previously owned; Undamaged
Sourcing: Fair Trade
Certificate of Authenticity Provided
Incredibly unique elephant statue made entirely out of one piece of wood. It portrays two baby elephants under the protection of their mother. Elephants are known as the keystone herbivorous species of Africa. The African elephant’s natural habitats are geographically located in south, central, and east Africa in dense forest and deserts. Elephants are of great cultural importance in Africa. For example, elephants appear in jewelry such as rings and bracelets that are made from elephant’s hair to ward off evil spirits or magic. In African fables, African elephants are viewed as the wise leaders, who settle debates among the other forest animals. They also symbolize good luck, especially when the trunk is pointed upwards, such as the two elephants in this statue.
Ebony wood is one of the most valuable, rare, and expensive types of wood in the world; prized for its dark core. Ebony trees (Diospyros) are generally small and slow growing. The Greek name for ebony is Diospyros meaning 'fruit of the gods' and this wood is famous for its dark beauty and opulence. Because of its high density, texture, and waxiness, it is ideal for the production of fine artwork.
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