Lladro Leading The Way (White) 11.5 x 14.25 Base included
Taking the African elephant, the world's largest terrestrial mammal, as a model, Lladro is presenting a sculpture focused on a love for nature and on bonds of affection; a touching scene in which a mother elephant helps her baby to take its first steps. Technically speaking, on first sight the piece might seem simple given the sturdiness of the animals. However, we would underscore that the stability or balance is achieved only with the support of the elephants' legs, given that the piece has no porcelain base nor is it connected to the pedestal. On the other hand, the way in which mother and baby intertwine their trunks adds a level of complexity to the piece due to the reduction porcelain undergoes while being fired in the kiln. But apart from the perfection in modeling, also noteworthy is the work of ornamentation that gives the piece a texture that realistically reproduces the roughness of this animal's thick hide.
The piece comes in two finishes: a more realistic one faithfully reproducing the elephant skin, and another totally matte white version. Although the species depicted is the African elephant, in Southeast Asia white elephants are regarded as bearers of good luck.