Accepting the Challenge

Sculpture of a Sable antelope


20 in Edition

W: 7″ H: 12″ L: 15″
17cm x 30cm x 38cm

11lbs (4.9kg)


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Bronze Africa ‘Accepting the Challenge’

Years ago on the ridge of spine running down the then Rhodesia, I saw two Sable bulls squaring off to fight. It never came to a fight, they only postured and there were many really impressive gestures. After about 30 minutes of showing off the one bull was intimidated enough to where he broke off and ran with the victor running up behind making impressive sweeps with his horns. I never saw this again and I have never seen any wounds on Sable bulls. It occurs to me that they rarely, if ever, get into a full on fight – it could be pretty deadly if they did go for each other full on.

What you see here is one of the stances they took among other gestures of defiance. The victor had a trophy that measured 46 inches and has a place in a beautiful home in Paris, France.

My wife and I first met John and Dinah Tolmay four years ago at an art exhibit in Charleston, SC. We were attracted to the artistry and realism of John’s work and bought one of his beautiful creations. We also discovered the Tolmays share our dedication to wildlife conservation and other areas of interest. Since then we have visited the Tolmay’s home and studio, and they have visited ours, and we consider them among our most interesting friends. We also consider ourselves fortunate to own two of John’s sublime creations.
Jim and Linda Carmichel

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