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Elephant Joao Silver Sculpture

From the Shingwedzi area of the Kruger National Park, João was named after Prester John, a legendary priest-king of ancient Africa. He was known as the most approachable of the Magnificent Seven tuskers.


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João was also the heaviest ivory carrier of the Magnificent Seven with his left tusk weighing 70 kilograms and his right tusk weighing 60 kilograms. João was an extremely lucky and hardy elephant. In 1982, he was severely wounded by ivory poachers who hit him four times with AK47 bullets. Tranquillised, and with his wounds repaired, João made an excellent recovery. By 1984 João had broken both of his tusks. (Did he do it himself to escape persecution? No one will ever know.) The pieces were never found and thus the final length of his tusks can never be determined.

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Item code: 202-417

Made by hand in Zimbabwe

Complimentary gift wrapping

Ships from London flagship store

Complimentary Standard Shipping Worldwide on orders over £200. More about Shipping & Delivery
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£3100 GBP

$4038 USD

€3467 EUR

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Most pieces can be made in 18 ct gold and in sterling silver. Engraving and the setting of semi-precious stones are also available.

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How and why it's made

Every Patrick Mavros silver sculpture is made using the ancient technique of lost wax casting. Obtaining a silver sculpture of the original wax model is a long and involved process. The wax model is encased in liquid rubber which, once set, is carefully cut away to provide a negative. Into this cavity... More about silver casting »

Every Mavros piece is borne of our experiences in the natural world and of our respect for the environment. Every piece has a story. More about this piece »


Delivery

Complimentary Worldwide Delivery on all Orders Over £200

Delivery on orders less than £200:

Standard UK delivery 3-5 working days £5.00
Express UK delivery 1-2 working days £8.00
Standard International delivery 7-12 working days £12.00
Express International delivery 3-5 days working £30.00

Collection of your order can be arranged from our stores in London, Harare, Mauritius and Nairobi. If this item is in stock, United Kingdom customers can expect delivery within 2 business days. For other customers world-wide, expect delivery within 7 to 12 days. If your selection is not in stock, we will inform you within 24 hours and an order will be placed that will be dispatched to you within three weeks. Each piece is lovingly handmade and we promise it's worth the wait!

Gift wrapping

Gift wrap is complimentary. This and every piece ordered here will come with our signature wrapping paper featuring silver elephants and the classic red ribbon.

Most pieces come in black signature Mavros embossed boxes, and some smaller pieces are placed in black velvet pouches prior to wrapping. See more about our gift wrap with photos here.

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For the lifetime of your purchase, enjoy free silver cleaning service at our London flagship store. Deliver your pieces in person or by post and we'll clean them for you. Learn more about our silver cleaning service here. How do you clean sterling silver? Learn how you can clean silver yourself at home.

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