Contemporary sculpture in grès porcelain by Jean Paul Gourdon (b. 1956)
The dromedary is richly adorned with fringing, saddle bags etc; seated on top is the figure of a Tuareg in traditional robes and turban.
He has the reins in one hand and a baton in the other. Finely sculptured in cream coloured grès porcelain stoneware.
Standing on an oval base, signed under the base.
The word “grès” means that the ceramic body of the tile is extremely vitrified, that is to say compact.
The Tuareg homeland today is in the Central Sahara, where they have lived for several thousand years since their ancestors began migrating from the northern
Sahara following colonization of coastal North Africa by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Arabs.
They are known as the “Blue Men,” for their indigo-dyed garments which leave dark blue pigment on their skins,
and as the “Knights of the Sahara” for their generosity, desert hospitality and respect for women.
HEIGHT: 37.5 cm (14¾")
DIAMETER: 37 cm (14½")
DEPTH: 20 cm (7")