A vintage carved wood elephant desk weight with ox bone decoration. The exact wood is unknown but it is very similar to palm wood (in fact it might even be palm wood).
The elephant has been lightly cleaned only, in order not to disturb what patina there is, but it might benefit from further more expert cleaning. Although structurally sound, a piece of inlay missing from one of his feet (see photographs). One of the ears is slightly nibbled around the edges, although whether this occurred at the time of crafting, or later, is a little difficult to say. When placed on a flat surface, the elephant is stable enough.
The desk weight measures approximately 4.5in across from rump to the trunk, and stands about 4.25in tall to the highest point on its head. Weighs almost 340g. Exact age unknown but probably dates from the middle of last century onwards.
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