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This hilarious ceramic elephant with turbaned rider has "Safari So Good" written on the "saddle" on top...(you know? So Far So Good...Safari So Good?? )

Honestly? we're not sure exactly what this is ~ it has been suggested it might be a water pipe of some sort? the elephant's trunk has a ceramic tip on it, but it pulls out and is a clear plastic. The little fella riding this guy pops out, and has a cork bottom.

It has also been suggested that it might be an old time liquor dispenser, and the little knobs held some kind of little serving or shot glasses.

This measures:

about 7" from nose to tail

5 3/4" tall

about 3" wide

His vinyl trunk is 5" long, with the last 3/4" of it ceramic.

The cute little rider is 2 1/4" tall.

Theoretically, this could be filled with water, and a bowl could sit where the rider does, and the trunk could be used to suck up the smoke. For glaucoma, of course.

There are little pokey things on top, maybe this had other riders on it at one time?

If you know anything about this piece, we'd love to hear it's history, or the story behind the design.

Purchased at a silent auction in North Carolina; we are selling it as found. We've never seen anything quite like it before; it's very unique, and displayed on a shelf behind a bar, could be quite a conversation starter, or visual novelty at the least.

We would estimate this to be from the 1970s, but that is based on our friend's water bong suggestion. It has quite a cartoon-ish look, which suggests it could be from the 1950s, or earlier, possibly.

Safari So Good Kitschy Goodness


  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Materials: ceramic, cork, plastic tubing
  • Only ships within United States.
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