When Rhinos seek revenge, beware!
Playing off the animal rights themes of the Black Box Series, this wonderfully detailed figural addresses the issue of the illegal poaching of rhinoceros horns for their ivory by turning the tables on poachers and showing rhinos out to hunt down humans for their noses. (Study the pictures of all angles and read the description below to observe all the subtle, and punny ways this issue is addressed in the carving. You can scroll over the pictures with the cursor to zoom.)
This specimen comes with its original box and printed description.
Harmony Kingdom only produced 5000 of these, carving date 1998, distributed in 1999, making this collectible trinket box a limited edition. (The item is referenced in Leanna Barron's THE HARMONY KINGDOM REFERENCE GUIDE, THIRD EDITION, 2002. This example is marked #605/5000 on the inside of one of he rhinoceros head lids (see picture).
Those familiar with the Harmony Kingdom figural trinket boxes know how special and controversial the Black Box Series was. With a stamp of the word "Banned" across the black box the product originally came in, it is clear that Harmony Kingdom was branding this line for a different audience than most of their other tamer, cuter Harmony Kingdom figurals. The Black Box Series has a lot in common with the company's similar Treasure Jest line.
The trinket box has two removable lids (rhino heads) with compartments populated at their bottoms by skulls and wild animals. (See the last photo!)
Size: 3 x 1.75 x 3.25.
Material: Handmade of crushed marble and resin in the tradition of the English cottage industry.
"Nose Bleed" is described by United Kingdom-based Harmony Kingdom and its sculptor Peter Calvesbert thusly:
Mother Nature's version of a tank, the formidable rhinoceros knows no predator other than humankind. Poachers have hunted the tough-skinned beasts nearly to extinction for the sake of their horns, which have supposed medicinal properties. In this box figurine, the rhinos exact their revenge by harvesting human noses. The newspaper headline notes, "Manilow and Pinocchio Missing" - could they be prime targets for nose poachers? One of the rhinos has shot Peter in the foot with a gun called "Old Rhinoblasty," a take on "rhinoplasty," or the ubiquitous nose job. "AK74" is inscribed on the butt of the rifle, a favoured weapon of terrorists and poachers. The vulture keeps an eye out for any spare noses for lunch, and a bag of freshly picked noses rests under Peter's foot. Around the base are the names of rhino species with the numbers of each believed to exist. In one interior compartment are four human skulls. In the second, some of the animals from Ed's Safari bus seek refuge.
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