These incredible elephant designs are each made from a single piece of gorara soapstone; hand carved by the Master Craftsmen of Agra, descendants of the artisans who worked on the Taj Mahal. Each 'undercut' elephant has another carved elephant inside the outer one, they require an enormous amount of skill to make.
As gorara soapstone is a natural material and these are handmade, there will be some variations in the colours and design of each elephant making them each unique. We've tried to illustrate some of the variation there may be in the pictures above.
Size of Small Elephant: Approximately 9.5 cm in length at the widest point, 4.5 cm in width and 8 cm in height.
Size of Large Elephant: Approximately 12.5 cm in length at the widest point, 9 cm in width and 10.5 cm in height.
Please note, these sizes may vary slightly between pieces as they are all made from natural material and hand carved.
Country of Origin: India (Fairtrade)
Made From: Gorara (a type of Indian Soapstone).
More About the Symbol of the Elephant
The elephant is one of the most popular and best known animal symbols. Elephants are highly regarded as being a symbol of loyalty - as they tend to stick together - and of strength and power, as they're one of the largest and most powerful creatures. They're known for their intelligence and wisdom too (they live long lives) and, the classic phrase, "Elephants never forget," reflects an elephant's intellect and memory abilities. Due to this, anything associated with an elephant makes a great gift for a special friend, signifying that you'll never forget them or their kindness.
Many people also regard the elephant symbol as lucky and something that could bring them good luck, especially ornaments or statues that feature raised trunks. Elephants feature in Buddhism, as Buddha chose a white elephant as one of his incarnations, and they're considered as being holy, patient and wise. Elephants are very important in Thailand, both in the culture and way of life, and are regarded as a symbol of power and peace. In the late 17th century, a Thai king had 20,000 elephants trained ready to do battle in war. A white elephant still features today on the flag of the Royal Thai navy. Overall, anything involving elephants, such as a mini statues, ornament or jewellery, is good to have around and promotes positive feelings of loyalty, wisdom and strength, reminding us that we have much to learn from elephants.
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Just received my order and the carved elephant must be one of the most beautiful ornaments I have ever seen. How can they do this? so intricate just stunning. Thank you very much