Tasmanian Devil - Ceramic Wildlife Sculpture
Made from slipcast porcellaneous stoneware, high fired to 1290°C. It is finished using wax resist techniques.
Measures approximately 10cm long x 5cm high, and will fit into the palm of an adult hand.
The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is a carnivorous marsupial, now found in the wild only on the Australian island state of Tasmania. The size of a small dog, it became the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world following the extinction of the thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) in 1936. Characterised by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odour, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding, the Tasmanian devil's large head and neck allow it to generate amongst the strongest bite per unit body mass of any extant mammal land predator.
Unlike most other dasyurids, the devil thermoregulates effectively and is active during the middle of the day without overheating. Despite its rotund appearance, the devil is capable of surprising speed and endurance, and can climb trees and swim across rivers.
Did you know since the late 1990s, devil facial tumour disease has drastically reduced the devil population and now threatens the survival of the species, which in 2008 was declared to be endangered?
Tasmanian Devil, Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, Taranna, Tasmania, Australia.