Serval Cat Head Study - 2016

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Bronze, Signed Hamish Mackie
Numbered edition of 25
Dated 2016

15cm long x 23cm high x 15cm wide
(6″ x 9″ x 6″)

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The Serval or Tierboskat is a slender, long-legged African wild cat. Smaller than her Big Cat cousins, the Serval has similar markings to a cheetah and lives in wetland areas.

Hamish’s bronze Serval Cat Head Study sculpture has captured the elegant feline grace of this cat, once worshipped by the Ancient Egyptians. Her delicate small head, big eyes and huge ears lend her a regal air and is familiar from portrayals seen in Egyptian Art, particularly from Nubia. Hamish has captured her poise and bearing, qualities that set the Serval apart in her hunting technique. She never chases prey, but listens and waits in complete stillness, before jumping high in the air and landing on her target with precision.


While at Lewa Conservancy in Kenya, Africa in 2016 I was introduced to an orphaned hand-reared Serval cat, a perfect model to sculpt. Being unprepared for this encounter, and without my travelling studio box, I improvised and made an armature from an old gutter bracket!

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