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Fine Taxidermy 5 Meter Nile Crocodile by Sinke & Van Tongeren

US$230,815.71

About

KING OF THE MUSEUM Since we started, we always wanted to make a very large crocodile. Wishful thinking, we thought it was. But now we were able to do so. We were lucky we could obtain a Nile crocodile of 5 meters. 5 meters! We were lucky since very large crocodiles are normally not kept at Zoos. So, to find one that died of natural causes outside a Zoo was more or less impossible. This crocodile died of old age a very long time ago when it was the breeding stallion at a luxury bag manufacturers breeding facility. After his long productive life, it finally died. In honour of its contribution to the company they had it preserved as a rug and it featured the office of the director of this firm. It stayed there for decades. It was their icon. When we were able to buy it, it was already antique. The last two years we worked on this amazing creature to recreate it into a 3D crocodile again. We wanted to create a centrepiece out of it inspired by the Wunderkammers from the 15th - 17th century. Wunderkammers were filled with curiosities collected by kings. These Wunderkammers were the precursors of today’s museums of natural history. At that time having a large crocodile hanging on the ceiling of your Wunderkammer was every kings holy grail. What we did was recreating this antique rug into a contemporary holy grail. It hangs from brass chains at the ceiling and it is wrapped in hemp ropes that we dyed a dark coral red. We were fortunate to have help from a female Shibari or Hojojutsu expert from Japan (the art of binding a prisoner of war) to create this wonderful structure that holds him. Between its impressive jaws is a sceptre. A nod to the royal Wunderkammers. It comes with CITES paperwork that enables you to legally own it. This in itself is unique for a crocodile of this magnitude. This paperwork proves the animal came not from the wild and therefor can be legally owned and traded.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 35.44 in. (90 cm)Width: 185.04 in. (470 cm)Depth: 32.68 in. (83 cm)
  • Style
    Victorian (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2021
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(One of a Kind)
  • Estimated Production Time
    Available Now
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Haarlem, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1029424828132

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    Ships From: Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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