Length: 8 inches
Circumference: 10 inches
Hand Crafted in South Africa
This beautiful ceramic Christmas ornament has been hand painted and signed. On the one side is the antelope and on the other is a savannah scene. The production process is as follows. Each piece is hand cast and hand shaped to perfection: When dry, each piece is bisque-fired (1000 degrees Celsius): After the bisque-firing, colorful decorations are hand painted on; The balls, being put on special spikes, are subject to a color-maturing firing (800 degrees Celsius) There after each piece is hand glazed and glaze fired to 1080 degrees Celsius, again on special spikes to ensure that the glaze surface is not exposed to touch and damage; If required, gold and /or platinum luster details are hand painted on with the finest brushes; and Lastly a fourth firing up to 720 degrees Celsius is done, again using the same spikes, so as not to damage any color, glaze or luster surface.
All about Warthogs.
Warthogs are members of the same family as domestic pigs, but present a much different appearance. These sturdy hogs are not among the world's most aesthetically pleasing animals—their large, flat heads are covered with "warts," which are actually protective bumps. Warthogs also sport four sharp tusks. They are mostly bald, but they do have some sparse hair and a thicker mane on their backs.
Though warthogs appear ferocious, they are basically grazers. They eat grasses and plants, and also use their snouts to dig or "root" for roots or bulbs. When startled or threatened, warthogs can be surprisingly fast, running at speeds of up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) an hour.
Warthogs are adaptable and are able to go long periods without water, as much as several months in the dry season.
When water is available, warthogs will seek it and often submerge to cool down. They will also wallow in mud for the same purpose—and to gain relief from insects. Birds also aid these hogs in their battle with insects; oxpeckers and other species sometimes ride along on their warthog hosts, feeding on the tiny creatures invading their hides.
These African hogs often utilize empty dens created by aardvarks. Rather than fight, they often choose flight, and search for such a den to use as a hidey-hole. They typically back in, using their tusks to effectively guard the entrance.
Warthogs also use these dens to have their young. Females have litters of four or fewer young, which they suckle for about four months.
About the Acacia.
Umbrella Thorn Acacia is one of the most recognizable trees of the African savanna.
The Umbrella Thorn grows up to 20 meters high and has a spreading, flat-topped crown that gives it its name. The bark on the Acacia is black to gray in color and feels rough. The branches on the Acacia are gnarled. The Umbrella Thorn has two types of thorns on the branches; long, straight, brownish thorns and shorter, hooked thorns that grow alongside each other. The thorns grow in pairs and disguise themselves in the clusters of flowers that grow on the Acacia.
The Acacia provides shade for the animals of the savanna. The trunk of the tree makes very good charcoal and firewood. The flowers on the Acacia provide a good source of honey in some regions. The stem of the tree is used to treat asthma, and diarrhea. The bark of the acacia is used as a disinfectant, and the pods are used to make porridge.
The Acacia is not endangered, and it is actually plentiful. There are over 700 species of the Acacia in Africa