HOLD THE ELEPHANT IN YOUR HAND
These little white elephants are symbolically linked to South African sculptor Andries Botha‘s guardian animals that he is placing at strategic locations around the world. First came the majestic white lion in Timbavati. The second in the series is the white stone elephant in Olifantsfontein, Gauteng. The third, the mighty herd guarding the entrance to Durban. This is an ongoing project.
When Andries created the elephant totem or netsuke, his intention was that take the elephant into our heart and literally hold it in our hand as a token of our partnership with the living earth. Mystic traditions around the planet acknowledge the sacred role of the white animals, who also need our protection, our invocation and our living prayer.
These tiny elephant talismans re-interpret the Japanese tradition of netsuke into the ancient African tradition of the totem animal that formed part of our identity and forgotten ancestral legacy.
Each one is a unique Andries Botha elephant, cast in resin and an organic filler compound, hand finished by young South African artists and crafts people. This elephant project is a modest contribution to job creation. Your netsuke comes in a handmade drawstring bag of much loved South African shweshwe fabric.
The historical precedent of the netsuke as well as the African totem is well established. By carrying it on your person, the elephant is imbued with a poignant symbiotic quality, where we acknowledge our interconnectedness with other living species.
The intention of the elephant talisman is for it to be held on your person – to intimately connect us to these magnificent animals and to raise awareness of the plight of elephants in the world.
The elephant is a legendary symbol of good luck and restoration of memory and it is our fervent hope that this will be so for you.
Your elephant totem comes in a handmade shweshwe drawstring, also part of a modest job creation project.