Echidna - Ceramic Wildlife Sculpture
Made from slipcast porcellaneous stoneware, high fired to 1290°C. It's features are then applied using onglaze slip.
Measures approximately 9cm long x 5cm high with a gloss finish and will fit into the palm of an adult hand.
The short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) is covered in fur and spines (quills) and has a distinctive snout and a specialised tongue that it uses to catch its prey at a great speed. When threatened, the echidna will curl inwards, leaving only their sharp spines exposed.
The short-beaked echidna is one of four living species of echidna and the only member of the genus Tachyglossus. Like the other extant monotremes, the short-beaked echidna lays eggs; the monotremes are the only group of mammals to do so.