Caracal Head - 2018
The Caracal is a notoriously secretive wild cat, found in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It is a of robust build, with a sandy or tan coat and defined black and white facial markings. Its long tufted ears mean it is often confused with the Lynx. Until quite recently, it was sometimes tamed and used for hunting.
This handsome cat has always been highly regarded. Depictions of caracal abound in Egyptian culture and art, and ancient Chinese emperors gave the cats as gifts. Hamish's Caracal Head was informed by firsthand observation up close with a young cat. Of course, the sculpture has the upright ears and short face characteristic of the breed, but Hamish also shows us an inquisitive intelligent animal with a noble bearing.
Available in limited edition, this bronze Caracal Head is a great addition to Hamish's collection of feline sculptures.
"When I took it out the box and placed it on the table, one of my pet Savannah cats immediately went into flight/flight mode, tail bristling and crouching and stalking..." (Mr. D Hall, collector)
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I had the heads up from friends in Kenya that Lewa Wildlife Conservancy were hand-rearing a sadly orphaned Caracal. So when I was over there in April 2018, it was a fantastic opportunity to study the otherwise evasive cat. It’s now a thriving bouncy five month old with very sharp claws and teeth! I was covered in my own blood having spent a few hours studying this lightening quick and highly alert playful animal. When it’s strong enough, it will be reintroduced to the wild.