Hi Fearn , respectfully I must disagree with you .
Every one of the depictions illustrated have the nostrils at the base of the trunk . This may be related to how Ganesha got his elephant head .
I have already stated my other observations and opinions so I won't waste bandwidth in restating them .
To each his own .
Henk , I'd love to hear about this other elephant figure you refer to .
Cedric , anymore input from you ?
Anyone else care to chime in here ?
/As Freud said , sometimes a cigar is just a cigar .
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