In this weeks’ Sepia Saturday the photo prompt is a baby elephant. During my hunt for corresponding images on my other blog I started thinking about elephants as motifs in art and crafts. They appear in ancient coins, stamps, heraldry, sculptures, Roman mosaics, and the art of many cultures and religions; African, Indian, Islamic. In children’s alphabet books the letter ‘E’ was often represented by an elephant, and they appear in numerous children’s storybooks notably; The Jungle Book, Babar, Elmer.
I have a cross-stitch picture of an Indian elephant with a howdah on its back, which I did many years ago, and is still one of my favourites. It came from a 1996 booklet called 'Celebrations in Cross Stitch’; a series which was published with a theme each month. The other book is a 1943 edition of ‘Felt Toys’ by Mochrie and Roseaman.
I’ve never made the elephant from that book but I did make a miniature Noah’s ark from felt when my children were small in the 1970s. I must have used a pattern in an old pattern book; I don’t have the pattern any longer but I do have the animals. Here are Mr and Mrs Elephant, looking a bit on the wobbly side these day.
Here’s the original prompt with the baby elephant in sepia.