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Abstract

“Elephant: The Animal and Its Ivory in African Culture” opened on September 30, 1992, and will run through May 16, 1993, in the J. Paul Getty Trust Gallery of the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. Curated by Doran H. Ross, the exhibition features approximately 250 objects introduced by a slide program and accompanied by two video programs and fifty mural photographs showing objects in context. One of the highlights is an installation of thirty elephant masks from twenty different cultures. The following discussion, a modified version of “Imagining Elephants: An Overview” from the companion catalogue, focuses on the first half of the exhibition, which deals with the image of the elephant in African art. The catalogue (over 450 pp., approx. 250 b/w and 250 color photos; $39 softcover, $69 hardcover plus $3 postage and handling per volume), edited by Ross, contains nineteen essays by seventeen leading scholars. It can be ordered from the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Publication Orders, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024-1549.