Elaine and Jim
An ankus looks similar to a poker that would be used in a fireplace. It has a pointed tip with a curved piece of metal extending a few inches outward, ending in another point. The handle may be made of wood, fibreglass, or occasionally metal. This ankus is over 100 years old and has been made from steel and brass. When polished, the brass gleams like gold making it look precious and fit for use in ceremonies. On such occasions the elephants are covered with brightly coloured rugs, bells are placed around their feet and charms of good fortune are painted down their trunks.
- Look closely at the ankus, how many animals are used in its decoration?
- Why would the artist decorate the ankus in this way?
- Collect objects from nature and make your own ankus.
- In what countries are elephants found and in what ways are the elephants different?