A silverback gorilla is an adult male, typically more than 12 years of age and named for the distinctive patch of silver hair on his back. A silverback gorilla has large canine teeth that come with maturity.
Silverbacks are the strong, dominant troop leaders. Each typically leads a troop and is in the center of the troop's attention, making all the decisions, mediating conflicts, determining the movements of the group, leading the others to feeding sites and taking responsibility for the safety and well-being of the troop.
Males will slowly begin to leave their original troop when they are about 11 years old, traveling alone or with a group of other males for 2–5 years before being able to attract females to form a new group and start breeding. While infant gorillas normally stay with their mother for 3–4 years, silverbacks will care for weaned young orphans, though never to the extent of carrying the little gorillas. If challenged by a younger or even by an outsider male, a silverback will scream, beat his chest, break branches, bare his teeth, and then charge forward. Sometimes a younger male in the group can take over leadership from an old male. If the leader is killed by disease, accident, fighting or poachers, the group will split up, as the animals disperse to look for a new protective male. Very occasionally, another male might take over a group in its entirety. There is a strong risk that the new male may kill the infants of the dead silverback.
The bronze depicts a full body Silverback Gorilla on standing with its front knuckle on the ground. The size and meticulous artistic quality of this bronze sculpture makes a powerful statement in any home or office.
This bronze gorilla statue will be cast at Andevan Bronzeworks located in Burbank, California. The foundry uses the finest pure bronze available. The foundries talented team of artisans is very consistent in the quality of bronzes they fabricate.
The foundry’s patina artist will applied the patina under high heat so that it has permanently fused into the bronze itself. This is a high quality and classic work of fine art that will continue to be treasured for centuries.
The sculpture will be a free standing bronze. The bronze has a sizeable presence at 14" high, by 9" wide; 12.5” in depth. It is numbered and signed by me.
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