Elephant: The Animal and Its Ivory in African Culture
Los Angeles: Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 1992. Paperback. Black wraps with color-photo illustration and white lettering; xxi, 415 pp.; richly illustrated. VG (Wraps are lightly edgeworn; interior is clean; binding is solid.). Item #194979
"The elephant is abundantly represented in African culture. In this lavishly illustrated anthology, eighteen scholars pay homage to both the African elephant and African creativity. The elephant's natural history is the starting point for this collection. Other essays discuss the animal's place in religious imagery, local economies, and regional cultures. The global appetite for ivory and the consequences of the ivory trade are the focus of two essays and of the epilogue, which also discusses the elephant as an endangered species. This volume bridges the gap that often separates the scholar from the general reader. Its visual mini-essays are entertaining and also broaden the scope of the book, and the spectacular photographs invite hours of pleasurable exploration." -- WorldCat.