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Second Half of 17th Century
Size : 14 cm high, 19 cm wide, 9 cm deep – 5½ ins high, 7½ ins wide, 3½ ins deep
This marble sculpture was probably inspired by Rembrandt's drawing as the elephant is shown in a similar stance and arrangement. In 17th century northern Europe elephants were still very much a curiosity, a miracle of nature, as only a small number of travellers, traders and explorers had ever really seen one. So carvings and sculptures of exotic animals were highly desirable and eagerly collected for private 'wunderkammer'.
|Height||14.00 cm||(5.51 inches)|
|Width||19.00 cm||(7.48 inches)|
|Depth||9.00 cm||(3.54 inches)|