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Elephants, Ancient And Modern Frederick Cameron Sillar

Elephants, Ancient And Modern

Frederick Cameron Sillar

Published 1968
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Hardcover
237 pages
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The splendour of the elephant, the part it has played in the religion and mythologies of the world, its prominence in war, its friendship with man and its co-operation in his work, its place in circuses and menageries, are magnificently displayed inMoreThe splendour of the elephant, the part it has played in the religion and mythologies of the world, its prominence in war, its friendship with man and its co-operation in his work, its place in circuses and menageries, are magnificently displayed in the text and illustrations of this book.As worker, as warrior, as clown, as companion, the elephant has been hymned and marvelled at by writers of every period- poets, philosophers, travellers, historians: Pliny and Polybius, Nila-kantha and Firdaus, Swift, Donne, Browning, Orwell, Kipling, Jean Brunhoff, Laurens van der Post, and many others. Their writings, the illustrations from Egyptian wall-paintings, Persian miniatures, medieval manuscrips, sculptures of India, Ceylon, Cambodia and the far East, bronzes, ceramics and ivories, and the fine carvings which decorate the great cathedrals and churches of Europe, combine to make this book a beautiful tribute to the elephant.For many people the elephant has always been a symbol of power and majesty- others hold its great intelligence and gentle, affectionate nature in high regard- but anyone who in interested in elephants at all will find much in this book to inform and delight him.