African Animal series: Springbok relief (Antidorcas marsupialis)
The springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium-sized brown and white antelope-gazelle of southwestern Africa. The common name “springbok” comes from the Afrikaans and Dutch words spring = jump and bok = male antelope or goat. Wikipedia
South Africa is the home of the springbok also known as the jumping antelope. The beautiful little animal also serves as the emblem for the South African rugby team and is the country’s national animal. It is a small antelope, less than a meter in height and its weight is between 35 (female) and 65 (male) kg. It is fast, extremely fast and can reach speeds of 88 km/h (55 mph) and can leap 4 m (13 feet) through the air. They live on the african savanna. The speed, high-speed chases and clear savannas, results in some really amazing photos of springbok jumping, being hunter by the fast cats, standing and running. The ears, horns, tail and jump is unique thus allowing for carving and engraving that will create a recognisable springbok relief. The image is of a springbok relief standing focus on the ears and horns to bring the springbok alive during carving or engraving.
The springbok relief walking focuses on the tail, ears and unique horns to make them recognisable after carving or engraving.
The springbok relief also benefit from a very unique characteristic that the springbok exhibits in the wild when jumping. The tail consists of long, white, bristly hairs, which are erected when the gazelle starts its astonishing jump (pronking is a local word used to describe this jump). This strange habit of bouncing into the air makes the springbok unique among African antelope. The carving of a springbok relief high jumping uses this unique jumping style to clearly show the animal.
This allows for great images and creates a springbok relief that can’t be missed if your have seen them playing in the wild. The way the jump over obstacles also creates very good images for carving or engraving. The Springbok relief jumping show this shape.
All this springbok relief’s are from images and photos of this antelope on the savannas of Africa. We will be working on some more antelopes over the next couple of weeks to complete a series of African savanna scenes for our key holder range. Please note that scalability is a problem due to the thin legs so check before you make them to small during your use of these springbok relief’s.