Here is another item from my collection. A varnished soapstone pangolin from Gabon. I bought this statue in a small Libreville market after some haggling. I had never seen a pangolin in the wild but they interest me. I really liked this sculpture and glad I bought it. A few months later, in Namibia, I was lucky enough to see a real life pangolin. Unfortunately in real life, the pangolin is the most trafficked animal worldwide. The scales are used in witchcraft and traditional medicine. It's a shame such a unique animal is poached for its scales.