Toad Baby Sitting

The African toad story begins at a certain time at a certain temperature when the rain softens the ground and releases thousands of flying ants, or Aelates, to pursue their queen. Every creature that can eat in this part of the world relishes flying ants. Birds fill the sky hawking them, rodents eat them, children trap them and toads hop about whacking them with their big, sticky tongues.

Sterling Silver sculpture: Height 2.2cm x Length 4.3cm

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Patrick, the great storyteller and sculptor, tells the story of the toad: ‘The excitement for every creature is quite apparent but Mr. Toad, who draws his tongue back into his mouth with more and more flying ants, fills his stomach quickly and finds that he can no longer hop to his meal and has to waddle like a big, fat, ungainly human being. Even his tongue slows down and the hapless flying ant who is stuck to the end of it is dragged slowly back as the bloated amphibian struggles to open his mouth to eat its snack. I have loved watching these toads (Bufo) at sunset since I was a young boy. They are a great subject to sculpt, particularly with the highlights of their big, round, shining eyes, their warts, their lumpy skins and their semi-webbed feet tucked up beneath them’.


Item code: 202-443

Made by hand in Zimbabwe

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€450 EUR

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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 »


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Standard International delivery 7-12 working days £12.00
Express International delivery 3-5 days working £30.00

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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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