RUNNING SALUKI SCULPTURE
A 66 centimetre (26 inch) long Running Saluki, sculpted by Tanya Russell, MRBS.
Cast in Foundry Bronze, and optionally plated in either silver or gold, it can be purchased as a unique piece, or as edition 1 of a limited edition of 12.
Foundry Bronze – Edition 12: £2,500
or Foundry Bronze – Unique: £9,000
Silver-plated – Unique: £10,000
Gold-plated – Unique: £12,000
Contact me about this sculpture
Depth: 6 inches
The inspiration behind the sculpture
A short time ago I met Ahmed Bucheery, who told me the beautiful history of the Bahraini stallions, and also of the Middle Eastern salukis. He told me that the saluki bloodlines had been kept pure over thousands of years – through careful breeding and gifting them only to people worthy of them.
I have sculpted many dogs, mostly bespoke pieces, and I find it thrilling to discover an animal or a dog that evokes emotion with its spirit and form. I was particularly inspired by the images and story of the Shajarat-al-Hayat (‘Tree of Life’), in Bahrain. Seeing salukis in such a stunning setting, and picturing these magnificent dogs running across the desert, this evoked a vivid picture in my mind, which I sought to pour into this sculpture. Having loved sculpting this piece, I’m now tempted to sculpt a saluki, or perhaps a pair running together, at life-size, or larger.
Which material to choose?
Foundry Bronze – refers to the poured molten metal that is cast solid or hollow, depending on size, at a bronze foundry (using the traditional lost wax process). It is more robust and will appreciate in value.
Silver Plated – foundry bronze plated with 2 micron thick silver.
Gold plated – foundry bronze plated with 2 micron thick gold.