Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of elephant bookends
  • Africa
  • pair of elephant bookends, late 1800s–1950
  • stone, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 12 x 7 x 14 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift of Dr. Curt Von Wedel
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3068.a,b

The two bookends are shaped as elephants facing away from the books. The elephants are stylized carvings and have solid blocks for front legs and a second block for back legs. The thick trunk is joined to the base with only a small indication of a tusk on either side and an eye on either side of the head. The ears are laid back against the shoulders. The tusks, eyes and ears are visible mainly by white coloration in the lines. The tail is quite thick and joined to the vertical portion of the bookend. They are black.