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Elephas maximus

Asian Elephant – life size
23” x 17” x 13” each
stoneware
2009

Asian Elephants are a threatened species whose numbers have dwindled from habitat loss and fragmentation of their dense but dwindling forest habitat. About 20% of the world’s human population lives in or near their present range. Native to tropical Asia these elephants have had a long, prominent history throughout the world. They have been used as powerful symbols and physical beasts in war to gentle, exotic animals that define a region, culture and religion. The surface patterns represented range from topographical lines of habitats in China (Elephant Mountain) to aerial photographs of deforestation from logging and farming.