MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

GREAT TUSKERS OF THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

 

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EXCLUSIVE BRONZE SERIES
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After five years of extensive research Alan Ainslie has completed the Magnificent Seven series of bronze sculptures and prints. Dr Anthony Hall-Martin, world renowned expert on the African elephant, knew these seven tuskers intimately and studied them closely. He assisted Alan with reference material and advice to ensure that each sculpture is true to life, making the individual editions and the sets unique collector's editions.

Mafunyane
Shawu

Shingwedzi
Ndlulamithi

Kambaku

Joao

Dzombo

MINIATURE SERIES
Thirty six sets are available: sets 1-25 are complete sets while sets 26-36 can be bought as individual sculptures.
Size: Each sculpture weighs 16kg and measures 25 cm at the shoulder.

CORPORATE SERIES
Sets no. 1-25 can be purchased as individual sculptures while sets no. 26-30 have been reserved for corporate sets. Each set consists of 7 bronze elephants.
Size: E
ach sculpture weighs 65kg and measures 51cm at the shoulder.

Top: Corporate-size Dzombo
Bottom left: Corporate-size Ndlulamithi
Bottom righ: Corporate-size Mafunyane during a presentation at SANParks

Above: Corporate-size Shawu

EXCLUSIVE PRINT SERIES
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The artist has completed 7 original paintings in the same pose as each sculpture and set in the particular area of the Kruger National Park where each elephant was found. A limited edition of 30 sets of prints of these unique paintings is now available. Each set consists of 7 prints. Sets No. 1-25 are printed on Hahnemuhle fine art paper (360gsm). Sets No.26-30 are printed on Hahnemuhle canvas and accompany the corporate bronze sets. Print size: 650mm x 500mm.

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Mafunyane
Shawu
 
Shingwedzi
Joao
 
Ndlulamithi

Kambaku
 

Dzombo

 

How it all came about ...

Together they have become a legend the seven magnificent tuskers that once roamed South Africa's world-renowned Kruger National Park: Mafunyane, whose perfectly matched tusks rested on the ground; Shingwedzi, the placid bull of the north; Kambaku, who was wounded outside the park and shot by a ranger; Joao, who later broke off both his enormous tusks; Dzombo, who was killed by a gang of poachers; Ndlulamithi, the intolerant one; and Shawu, who had the longest tusks ever recorded in southern Africa. What made these beasts exceptional were their huge, impressive tusks, all weighing in excess of 100 pounds each.

Shingwedzi, Shawu and Kambaku were known as gentle giants and visitors to the Kruger often encountered them at close range. Mafunyane and Ndlulamithi, however, were less tolerant and avoided man as far as possible.

As they passed away, one after the other, the tusks and skulls of the Magnificent Seven were retrieved and today can be observed in the Elephant Museum at Letaba in the Kruger National Park.

The seven bulls who once roamed the Kruger wilderness may be gone, but their memory lives on and has inspired many a writer and artist to capture their untamed spirit for future generations.

It is thanks to these elephants that Alan Ainslie and Anthony Hall-Martin came together and joined their expertise, artistic talent and love of elephants to create the exclusive Magnificent Seven series of bronze sculptures.

 

Dr. Hall-Martin
with the tusks of Shingwedzi.
Alan with the tusks of Shawu at the Elephant Museum, Kruger.