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Monday, October 10, 2011

Antropomorphic bestiary

The stuffed lion of Gripsholm’s Castle
In 1731 King Frederick the I of Sweden received a living lion as a gift from the Bey of Algiers. The poor lion lived out its days in a cage at Djurgården in Stockholm and when it finally died the hide together with some of its bones were put in storage. Some years later a taxidermist was ordered to stuff the animal and put it on display atGripsholm castle. The taxidermist however had never seen a living lion and with some of the parts missing he had to wing it. 

Jan Gossart_Lion

Horse from cathedral in Cuzco, Peru
photo by Anya Roz

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