Gilt Elephant

Gilt Elephant

Charles Williams, Child’s Natural History of Beasts. New Haven: Durrie and Peck, ca. 1841-1846. 

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This stunning image of an elephant is taken from an encyclopedic compendium of wild animals, which is all the more appealing given the book’s near-miniature height of three inches.  The text describes the elephant as both strong and intelligent, but highly vulnerable to human hunters, noting that this remarkable animal “is hunted for his tusks, which are ivory, and few live the natural term of their life.”

Adopted by Caroline Sloat in honor of Ilse Fuller

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