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W: 5.98 inch
H: 2.76 inch
Meissen ca. 1745 – 1747
This model of a walking elephant is well documented by Kaendler and Reinicke in the manufacture archives. The elephant lifts the proboscis, not only serving as table decoration but also representing a symbol of fortune.
In 1683, Elector Johann Georg III. brought an elephant as loot from the Turkish Wars to Dresden. It didn't survive until Kaendler designed this model, so he had to base its anatomy on graphic sources, presumably those by Abraham de Bruyns and Albrecht Dürer. (View Kunze-Köllensperger: "Alexanders Tiere")
|Height||2.76 inch||(7.01 cm)|
|Width||5.98 inch||(15.19 cm)|