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Smithsonian Shanthi Elephant Pencil Cup

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Smithsonian Shanthi Elephant Pencil Cup

Item #78265

Sale Price: $41.99

Original Price: $55.00


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A tribute to Shanthi—one of six endangered Asian elephants living at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo—this sculptural Smithsonian Shanthi Elephant Pencil Cup is a marvelous souvenir or gift. A visitor favorite, Shanthi, whose Sinhalese name is often translated as “blessing,” has even been captured on YouTube playing the harmonica. Made of bronze-finished metal, this handsome Smithsonian Shanthi Elephant Pencil Cup features a lined interior. Her story appears on the felted underside.  5.5"h. x 4.5"l. x 2"w.

Museum Provenance

Beautifully represented in this Smithsonian Shanthi Elephant Pencil Cup, Shanthi is part of a multigenerational herd thriving at our National Zoo. Born in Sri Lanka around 1975, she spent her first months in an elephant orphanage. The next year, the children of Sri Lanka made Shanthi a gift to the National Zoo. Shanthi has been a mother twice, with one female and one male baby. You will find Shanthi and her 5 Asian elephant companions at the National Zoo’s Elephant Trails. One of the Smithsonian National Zoo’s most popular exhibits, Elephant Trails lets visitors observe the elephants indoors and out in such innovative areas as an elephant exercise trek, water features, a giant sand pit and a shower they can operate themselves.

The rotunda of our National Museum of Natural History displays a magnificent Asian elephant.

Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.


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