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An impressive, large bronze Gharial Skull. Each tooth has been welded on by hand and is razor-sharp.
The Gharial is a fish-eating crocodile, native to sandy freshwater river banks in the plains of the Northern Indian subcontinent. Today, its distribution is limited to only 2% of what it used to be. The animal is hunted for its unproven medicinal properties, its habitat is degraded and its prey is decreasing. In light to raise awareness of this incredible, yet endangered creature, the Gharial is our newest addition to our Eternity of Remarkable Species collection.
This sculpture is part of our Eternity of Remarkable Species collection where we capture the astonishing beauty of endangered animals in a static state. For this collection, we source species such as the Gharial that are endangered or threatened by human impact. We want to put these species in a shining spotlight to raise awareness of their vulnerability, and beauty, at the same time. With this collection that we call the ‘Eternity of Remarkable Species’, we capture timeless species that are facing extinction in the form of bronze sculptures. The astonishing fleeting beauty of these endangered animals is solidified into a static, eternal state of bronze, welded at over 2000 degrees Celsius. Just as enchanting, less of an impact.
The dimensions are including the base
Heigth: 23 cm / 9 inches
Width: 21 cm / 8.3 inches
Length: 60 cm / 24 inches
Weight: +/- 4.7 kg / 10.4 pounds
Designer: Jake Richmond / Dutch Design
Concept: Eva van Stekelenburg
Materials: Recycled Bronze, MDF
The skull is displayed on a custom-fit black base, made from wood and steel. It can be detached from the base if desired.
All of our bronze sculptures, including this large bronze Gharial skull, are made from upcycled metals such as old pipelines. Our craftsmen and women collect this scrap waste which they then put in an oven at very high temperatures. Once the scrap waste pieces melt, the new raw material is ready to be used. We then use this virgin material to make our bronze sculptures. As bronze is a very eco and labour-intensive material to mine, we feel it makes much more sense to reuse the material that has already been created than to extract it – again. By doing so we are trying to close at least one waste loop.
In conclusion, when it comes to our working conditions, we work exclusively with Indonesian craftsmen and women in both Bali and Java. This piece specifically was made in Java, Indonesia. All of our craftsmen and women get paid a living wage that exceeds what Indonesian Law requires. Their income is enough for a comfortable home, food, education, ceremonies, and more.
Lastly, if you still have any questions about this large bronze Gharial Skull, feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Whatsapp message + 31 6 17123402 and we will get back to you shortly.