20th Century Anatomic Donkey Teeth Model Italian Wunderkammer Curiosity
Anatomic Model of Animal Teeth, dating back to the early 20th century, mounted on a rectangular ebonized wooden base on which is anchored the bone fragment of a donkey (?) With its teeth.
On the front an illegible inventory label.
From an Italian Wunderkammer Curiosity cabinet.
In good condition.
This item may be subject to CITES restrictions.
height: 10 cm
width: 5.5 cm
depth: 4.5 cm
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