The curved back means their based on an African elephant at least originally.
“VI.15.5 Pompeii. Clay figurine of an elephant carrying a tower on its back, 0.35m high incl. base. The figurine served as a vessel for liquid. The liquid was put in through the top of the tower, which was open. See Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità,1897, p.25, fig. 3. It was found in October 1895 in… Continue reading Towered Elephant from Pompeii
No certain provenance pre- 1988. But some reported rough find spots… Just saving for later with this post. I want to think more about these at some point. Getty Catalogue Entry in Pondera Also I don’t believe this last is supposed to be a Zebu or Brahma Bull… Looks too much like a badly drawn… Continue reading Seleucid Elephant weights in the Getty
So this piece has been in the works for ages and I’m just about to let it go. I was supposed to have presented it at the CUNY GC as a pre-circulated paper on Monday (3/16) but that’s been indefinitely postponed. I’m trying to figure out what journal to send it off to. Given the… Continue reading Pre-Publication Circulation: #NotAllElephants (are Pyrrhic)
Link to museum catalogue entry: This object/image does not return in museum search results, but here is the source of the image. This is clearly a related object BUT no elephant in the fragment: Later same day, I found a photo and confirmation of source in a peer-reviewed open source journal!
Indian African Forest Elephant From Charles, Michael B. “AFRICAN FOREST ELEPHANTS AND TURRETS IN THE ANCIENT WORLD.” Phoenix 62, no. 3/4 (2008): 338-62. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25651736. For numismatists these differences only make sense when they are exceptionally clearly rendered. So the Hispano-Punic coins: e.g. ANS 1944.100.81012 and Siculo-Punic coins: e.g. ANS 1997.9.225 all have the concave back… Continue reading Elephant Species
I don’t believe this explanation of RRC 402/1 but it is still interesting to have on file as one in the range of interpretations that have been put forward: From Nousek 2008. Grateful for the comments that pointed me to a parallel, but more fully argued discussion by Harlan!
Met 26.212 Said to be from near Catania, Centuripe, Sicily