Inspired by the Cape Leopard’s elusive nature and patterned camouflage, this series of sculpted ceramic leopards, called “Ming”.
Each with unique hand painted glazing is a visual comment on how wild animals faced with human encroachment have to adapt to survive and avoid conflict or capture.
Colours are inspired by the white earthenware ceramics of the Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644).
When the introduction of cobalt used for the underglaze blue decoration, was perfected. The Ming Dynasty also saw a shift to a market economy, exporting ceramics around the world. Cruel irony lies in the new threat to the existence of Leopards in Africa by China, where the ban on trade in leopard bones has just been lifted.
Each sculpture is signed and numbered.
Size: 28cm (H) x 37cm (L) x 19cm (W)