Sculpture of a baby elephant made in ebony and ivory

This elephant is a life-size sculpture that was carved in solid ebony and ivory by using a baby elephant as model. Anecdotally, it had to be transported and delivered by a crane to our workshop because of its weight. It was produced as a toy to be given to a prince. Later, when he started to work for the United Nations, he decided to restore it because he wanted it to be part of the decoration of his office. During its restoration, several pieces of ebony were adjusted and carved in order to reinforce the structure and to recover the surface homogeneity. The trunk was fixed and the ivory tusks and nails were glued. For the varnishing, we created a glossy and textured varnish and so that when touched the client could feel like the rough and rugged texture of the skin of a real elephant.

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