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Elephant skull in Henry Moore display

30 October 2007

A huge elephant skull from the Natural History Museum goes on display today in a Henry Moore exhibition at Penny School Gallery, Kingston College in London.

Natural History Museum's elephant skull in Henry Moore at Penny School Gallery, Kingston College.

Natural History Museum's elephant skull in Henry Moore exhibition at Penny School Gallery, Kingston College.

Internationally acclaimed sculptor, Henry Moore, got inspiration from an African elephant skull and produced many large scale sculptures during his life.

The exhibition at Penny School explores the objects and topics that inspired Henry Moore and displays many of his original works as well as contemporary art from Kingston College students.

The elephant skull is just one of 27 million zoological specimens in the collections at the Museum, many of which are used by scientists for research, as well as to inspire visitors or artists such as Henry Moore.

The elephant skull will give visitors to the exhibition the opportunity to see the natural organic shapes formed by the individual bones of the skull.

Penny School Gallery is working with the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, who currently have 28 of Henry Moore's large-scale sculptures on display around the 300-acre World Heritage Site.

The Penny School Gallery exhibition is on from 30 October to 24 November.

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