We struggled for a while to find an appropriate name for this piece -
the first yak I have ever carved. In the end, the answer was actually
the reason I carved it - I had just finished carving a piece for our
2018 New Orleans collectors' event and I was debating what my next
creation would be. I wanted to carve something I hadn't tried before
and I received an email from an avid collector called Wanda.
Wanda explained how much she enjoyed the Treasure Jests and she had
the A-Z of animals carved by Harmony Kingdom. However, she was missing
a 'Y' and had been hoping for a yak to fill the gap! Well, how could I
refuse?! Once I had found some photos and read about the yak and its
history and evolution and how important it is in Tibet in particular,
I was hooked (and nothing to do with the horns!).
This was difficult to cast and had to be cast separately and the horns
inserted afterwards to avoid breakage. I also wanted the colours to be
as perfect as I envisaged so I have hand painted every single one of
STOP PRESS: 25 of these lovely pieces have their saddle pads painted
in green instead of blue!