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Rhino Tejo

Rhino Tejo

Rhino Tejo

Rhino Tejo

Category: Taxidermy Object
AG#: 42
Name: Rhino Tejo
PoM: Brig, Switzerland
Year: 2020
Description:

In 1515, an Indian rhinoceros arrived in Lisbon from the Far East. In the context of the Renaissance, it was a piece of classical antiquity which had been rediscovered as a mythical beast. A couple month later King Manuel I of Portugal decided to give the rhinoceros as a gift to the Medici Pope Leo X. When the ship was wrecked in a sudden storm the rhinoceros, chained and shackled to the deck to keep it under control, was unable to swim to safety and drowned.Allegedly the mounted skin was sent to Rome in a second attempt, arriving in February 1516, to be exhibited impagliato (Italian for “stuffed with straw”).

Size: 37x32
Material: Taxidermy on American moulding forms for braces
Exhibited: Brig CH 20
Status: Depot Austria
Proprietor:

WORKSHOW