African Epos

― A Fanzoj Double rifle, in cal. .600/.600NE ―

A magnificent composition, completed in 2002, as one of the earliest multi-level engravings.

All Big Five animals are depicted in gold and metal on this impressive double rifle, among herds of other African wild animals, in a mix of different engraving techniques from Boulino to deep-relief carvings.
The way in which master engraver Franz Mack alternates from detail to full animal depictions, to groups of African wild animals in the distance, and harmoniously connects the different levels of perspective by weaving an elaborate ornament over the entire bascula parts, gives the work a fascinating effect of richness and depth.