The Burnt Offering

Posted: October 10, 2013 by Mo Crow in knots and nests
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the-burnt-offering-by-Mo-2013The Burnt Offering by Mo 2013
a piece of burnt ivory from Kenya when their stockpile of ivory was burned in 1989 to help save the elephants, tooth of a grey headed flying fox electrocuted in the powerlines, wishbone, sea glass, sea shell, snail shell, African myrrh, clay and bone beads, emu feathers, passionfruit vine tendril, knotted hemp string, waxed linen thread & vintage silkworm thread
burnt-ivory-detailburnt ivory
bat-tooth-detailbat tooth, cowrie shell, sea glass African bone, myrrh and clay beads, emu feathers
wishbone-detailwishbone & knotting detail
I was given the burnt ivory to honour the elephants nearly 25 years ago, they are still being killed for their ivory
The photographer Nick Brandt co-founded the Big Life Foundation to help protect these wonderful animals
here’s the link to read more

  1. margaret johnson says:

    Exquisite Mo. ox

  2. Bronwyn says:

    did you just make this beauty today? Bat tooth?

    • Mo Crow says:

      it came together this week after reading about Nick Brandt’s work for the elephants… I needed to respond somehow….

    • Mo Crow says:

      oh and the bat tooth was from an electrocuted bat that got caught in the power lines and hung up there for about 4 years, the bones in his wing where it was hooked on the wire went blue, I’ll show them to you one day…

  3. dinahmow says:

    I remember someone calling me (back when I was on-call for QNPS rescues) about a flying fox caught on a wire. It must have been ages since as it was like old leather!
    These days, all bat-handlers are required to be vaccinated.Just in case anyone wants to know.

  4. Extinction is much on my mind…this is a chilling and masterful piece Mo.

    • Mo Crow says:

      what is it about us humans? we live on such a beautiful green and blue planet full of so much beauty & wonder and yet we do so much harm in the name of greed & power…

  5. Patricia says:

    Mo, this is so poignant and beautiful. was listening to an NPR piece on the numbers of elephants brutally slain, daily. something like 95. for their ivory. and i simply could not get my mind around it. and something in me wonders sadly about this lovely world of ours.

    • Mo Crow says:

      I was certain we were going to stop hurting the planet and all her sentient beings back in 1989 when the Berlin wall came down and there was such hope in the air…

  6. Mo!!!!!

    we call flying foxes flying mice
    here where I live there are many but wiring is under ground
    your elephants…animals ….earth…..what we save safes us..

    love you
    and thanks

  7. Valerianna says:

    Beautiful piece…. heartbreaking that elephants, rhinos – well, ALL the creatures are at risk. Its bear hunting season around here, just when the 2nd yearlings (I think) are sent out on their own by mamma. They must be so scared all alone for the first time JUST when the hunters are coming after them. 😦

  8. Carol says:

    I think we’re worse than strange, Mo! And we never learn. Your tribute is beautiful and full of meaning. The link to the elephants is heart breaking. And I love those flying foxes.

  9. Robyn says:

    An exquisite talisman for our vanishing wildlife, Mo. The rhinos are even worse off than the elephants. They are being slaughtered here in KwaZulu Natal on a daily basis, some pregnant and some with destraught calves at their side…. and what sickens me the most is that many of the people we trusted are involved. (Veterinarians “caring” for the rhino, game guards, people in high places). It feels as though we are losing the battle and that is something I can’t bear to contemplate. I’m a great admirer of Nick Brandt, his photography and his good work. I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must be for him when “his” elephants, the ones he himself tracked for days to get the perfect photograph, are cruelly slaughtered….. and reduced to a pile of body parts. How can man be so heartless and so foolish?!

    • Mo Crow says:

      Thank you for visiting Robyn we live in such a beautiful world, I dream of the day when we all look after our planet and each other with tenderness and love!

      • Robyn says:

        I can’t get the image of the matriarch elephant out of my mind. I came across this quote which made me think of your post and the comments.

        “Nature is pitiless; she never withdraws her flowers, her music, her fragrance and her sunlight, from before human cruelty or suffering. She overwhelms man by the contrast between divine beauty and social hideousness. She spares him nothing of her loveliness, neither wing or butterfly, nor song of bird; in the midst of murder, vengeance, barbarism, he must feel himself watched by holy things; he cannot escape the immense reproach of universal nature and the implacable serenity of the sky. The deformity of human laws is forced to exhibit itself naked amidst the dazzling rays of eternal beauty. Man breaks and destroys; man lays waste; man kills; but the summer remains summer; the lily remains the lily; and the star remains the star.

        As though it said to man, ‘Behold my work. And yours.”

        – Victor Hugo

  10. I can sense that this is a powerful object, brought about by powerful emotion and intention. May all of our intentions help to end this horrible slaughter of beautiful, sentient creatures.

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