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Auction Description for Great Gatsby's Auction Gallery, Inc.: Day 1 - Tribal Artifacts & Exotic Animal Mounts
Viewing Notes:
Onsite preview available August 18-22 from 10am to 5pm in our Atlanta Gallery at: 5180 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30341

Day 1 - Tribal Artifacts & Exotic Animal Mounts

(369 Lots)

by Great Gatsby's Auction Gallery, Inc.


369 lots with images

August 23, 2014

Live Auction

5180 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.

Atlanta, GA, 30341 USA

Phone: 00 1 770 457 1903

Fax: 00 1 770 457 7250

Email: auction@greatgatsbys.com

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Lot 1: 55"h basket hook, Papua New Guinea

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Description: Basket hook, Kamanibit, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, suspended from rafters in order to hang objects for safekeeping, the carved wood male figure with applied cowrie shell and hair decoration, surrounded by a frame with geometric details, 38"h x 13.5"w, overall size including stand 55"h x 14"w x 12"d. Provenance: New Guinea Primitive Arts, Sydney, Australia 1983.

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(3) Ashanti dolls, Ghana

Lot 2: (3) Ashanti dolls, Ghana

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Description: Group of three Ashanti dolls or "akuaba", Ghana, worn by women for fertility and to ensure a healthy pregnancy, of carved and painted wood with a circular face, over the tapering cylindrical body with outstretched arms, the tallest 17.75"h x 2.5"w.

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Ashanti carved chief's stool

Lot 3: Ashanti carved chief's stool

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Description: Ashanti carved chief's stool, a symbol of power and status, with overall geometric designs, the rectangular bowed seat above two curved supports flanking a central column, raised on a stepped base, 11"h x 19.25"l x 10"w.

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Bwa Bobo plank mask, Burkina Faso

Lot 4: Bwa Bobo plank mask, Burkina Faso

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Description: Bwa Bobo plank mask, Burkina Faso, worn during boys' initiation ceremonies into adulthood, believed to endow special powers on the wearer, of carved and painted wood with zoomorphic and geometric designs, with owl-like eyes for the wearer to see through above a pierced mouth, 26"h x 7.75"w x 1.5"d.

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Punu wood mask, Gabon

Lot 5: Punu wood mask, Gabon

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Description: Punu wood mask, Gabon, representing idealized feminine beauty, carved only by men, the face surmounted by a high-domed coiffure indicating wealth, above diamond-shape sacrifications on the forehead, over slit eyes and a pouting mouth, 15"h x 7"w x 4.5"d.

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Coconut grater stool, Nais Island, Indonesia

Lot 6: Coconut grater stool, Nais Island, Indonesia

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Description: Coconut grater stool, Nais Island, Indonesia, of whimsical form, with the carved wood anthropomorphic figure resting on knees and elbows, with a series of amphibian riding along the neck and back, 12"h x 24"l x 5.5"w.

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Baule drum, Ivory Coast

Lot 7: Baule drum, Ivory Coast

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Description: Baule drum, Ivory Coast, with a snake skin top over the carved wood body, embellished with incised vertical lines, 22.5"h x 13"w.

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Medicinal water buffalo horn, Sumatra

Lot 8: Medicinal water buffalo horn, Sumatra

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Description: Medicinal water buffalo horn or "naga morsarang", Toba Batak, Sumatra, Indonesia, used by the datu in rituals, hollowed and wrapped in fiber to hold a "pupuk" mixture, the tip carved with a wood figure, the reverse end having a stopper fromed as an ancestral head, 9" l x 5"w x 3"d.

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Lot 9: 35"h Baule monkey cup bearer, Ivory Coast

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Description: Baule monkey cup bearer or "gbekre", Ivory Coast, considered the patron of farmers, the carved wood figure standing on flexed legs, and holding a vessel to receive offerings for his heavenly father, 35"h x 11"w x 13"d.

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Tuareg bowl and stand, Tejikant, North Africa

Lot 10: Tuareg bowl and stand, Tejikant, North Africa

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Description: Tuareg bowl and stand, Tejikant, North Africa, the hand carved and decorated wood bowl supported by a three-prong stand, the bowl 7.25"h x 14.25" diameter, overall size, 38.5"h x 16"w.

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Rare Nepalese carved chair

Lot 11: Rare Nepalese carved chair

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Description: Rare Nepalese carved chair, the triangular ridge crest with incised medallions, over a woven rope seat, raised on tapering turned and block legs 28.5"h x 18"w x 17"d.

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Lot 12: 63"h hand carved Dogon ladder, Mali

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Description: Hand carved Dogon ladder, Mali, used to climb to the flat roof of a home, of sinuous form with a forked finial over five steps, slightly burnt, overall size including stand 63"h x 9"w x 9'd.

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Kpelie mask, Senufo, Ivory Coast

Lot 13: Kpelie mask, Senufo, Ivory Coast

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Description: Kpelie mask, for the all-male Poro Society, Senufo, Ivory Coast, worn during initiation rites, the carved and painted wood face with zoomorphic designs, surmounted by a headdress with a seated fertility figure, 13"h x 7"w x 3.5"d.

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Yenchen headrest, Papua New Guinea

Lot 14: Yenchen headrest, Papua New Guinea

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Description: Yenchen headrest, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, the carved wood support with anthropomorphic and zoomorphic features on either end, raised on bun feet, 5.5"h x 28"l x 4"w.

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Copper paneled warrior mask, Congo

Lot 15: Copper paneled warrior mask, Congo

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Description: Copper paneled warrior mask or "mukinka", Salampasu, South Kasai, Congo, embodying the chiefs' authority, only worn at funerals of distinguished men, the carved face with pointed white teeth surmounted by a coiffure comprised of woven cane spheres, with a braided fiber beard ending in a cane sphere, 22"h x 9.5"w x 8"d.

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Early 19th c. Fiji Island throwing club

Lot 16: Early 19th c. Fiji Island throwing club

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Description: Early 19th century Fiji Island throwing club or "vunikau", the most personal weapon of a warrior, often suspended from the waistband, of carved wood with a rootstock head, and a later incised hand-grip, 15"l x 4"w, overall size including stand 17.5"h x 6"w x 6"d. Provenance: Colin Henshaw Gallery, 2000.

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East African ornamental apron

Lot 17: East African ornamental apron

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Description: East African ornamental apron for ceremonial dances, comprised of buffalo hide with decorative cowrie shells and beads, and ending in fringed leather, 40"l x 10"w.

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Dog's tooth necklace, Papua New Guinea

Lot 18: Dog's tooth necklace, Papua New Guinea

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Description: Dog's tooth necklace, Papua New Guinea, worn during ceremonies, the graduated teeth suspended from rope, 7"w.

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Lot 19: 50.5"h 19th c. Nepalese wood plow

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Description: Late 19th or early 20th century Nepalese wood plow, of carved saal wood with figural decoration, 50.5"h x 35"w x 8"d.

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Togo fetish, West Africa

Lot 20: Togo fetish, West Africa

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Description: Togo fetish, West Africa, believed to bring health and prosperity to clans, the seated vodoo figure comprised of carved wood, teeth, and shells, 7.5"h x 4"w, overall size including base 10"h x 5"w.

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(2) African hand crafted water vessels

Lot 21: (2) African hand crafted water vessels

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Description: Two African hand crafted water vessels, (1) carved wood baluster form, adorned with cowrie-shell embellished leather straps, 18"h x 10"w, and (1) of ovoid form with cover, comprised of fiber and mud, with bands of cowrie shell decoration 15.5"h x 8"w.

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Black wildebeest bleached skull mount

Lot 22: Black wildebeest bleached skull mount

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Description: Black wildebeest bleached skull mount, 24"h x 16"w, marked on the plaque Ohorongo, Namibia.

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African Springbok gazelle patchwork fur rug,

Lot 23: African Springbok gazelle patchwork fur rug,

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Description: African Springbok gazelle patchwork fur rug, the reverse side with strips of tribal patterned textiles, 65.5"h x 41"w.

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Lot 24: 67"h Kurumba antelope mask

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Description: Kurumba antelope mask or "adoné", Aribinda, Burkina Faso, worn during major events including funerary rites, the carved wood head of attenuated proportions, with backswept ears and tapering horns above an elongated snout, supported by a slightly curved and hollowed neck, with small pierced eyeholes, all covered in a cloth painted in geometric motifs, accented with metal and bead details, 67"h x 28"l x 9"w.

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Konde fetish, Democratic Republic of Congo

Lot 25: Konde fetish, Democratic Republic of Congo

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Description: Konde fetish, Democratic Republic of Congo, used to contact a spirit for aid, the carved and painted wood figure standing on a tortoise back symbolizing divination, accented with netted fibrous baskets and hat, and holding an animal horn, overall size with stand 47.5"h x 15"w.

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Pwo mask, Chokwe, Angola

Lot 26: Pwo mask, Chokwe, Angola

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Description: Pwo mask, Chokwe, Angola, representing young feminine beauty, the carved wood face incised with sacrification patterns including "masoji" or tears, with braided fibrous hair and an elongated mouth, overall size with stand 13"h x 6"w x 6"d.

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(4) 44

Lot 27: (4) 44"h Tuareg posts, Niger

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Description: Group of four Tuareg posts or "ehel", Niger, a nomadic accoutrement found in any upper-class tent, used to hang items and secure wall mats, of carved wood embellished with geometric designs, overall sizes (1) 44"h x 9"w x 9"d, (1) 42"h x 8.25"w x 8.25"d, (1) 48.5"h x 5.25"w x 1"d, and (1) 48.25"h x 5"w x .75"d.

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Baule monkey mask, Ivory Coast

Lot 28: Baule monkey mask, Ivory Coast

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Description: Baule monkey mask, Ivory Coast, the carved and painted wood face, with slit eyes and mouth, accented with metal studs, 9"h x 7"w x 8"d.

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Baule ceremonial spoon, Ivory Coast

Lot 29: Baule ceremonial spoon, Ivory Coast

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Description: Baule ceremonial spoon, Ivory Coast, owned by the female member of the family and used as a sign of hospitality and status, of carved wood with incised decoration, 9"l x 3.75"w x 6"d.

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(3) Kuba ritual embroidered raffia cloths

Lot 30: (3) Kuba ritual embroidered raffia cloths

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Description: Group of three late 19th or early 20th century Kuba ritual embroidered raffia cloths, Congo, woven from the Raphia Vinifera palm, the production of which involves the participation of children, men, and women of the same clan, often sewn together for ceremonial dress and exchanged as currency, overall sizes including frame (2) 25.5"h x 24"w x 1"d and (1) 34"h x 29"w x 1"d.

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Sable shoulder mount

Lot 31: Sable shoulder mount

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Description: Sable shoulder mount, overall size 52"h x 40.5"w x 25"d.

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Prong horn antelope shoulder mount

Lot 32: Prong horn antelope shoulder mount

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Description: Prong horn antelope shoulder mount, overall size 34"h x 13"w x 19"d.

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Water buck shoulder mount

Lot 33: Water buck shoulder mount

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Description: Water buck shoulder mount, overall size 54"h x 20"w x 29"d.

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Eland shoulder mount

Lot 34: Eland shoulder mount

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Description: Eland shoulder mount, overall size 51"h x 19"w x 43"d.

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Eland antelope mounted antlers

Lot 35: Eland antelope mounted antlers

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Description: Eland antelope mounted antlers, 36"h x 23"w.

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Hand carved marble bust of an African woman

Lot 36: Hand carved marble bust of an African woman

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Description: Hand carved marble bust of an African woman, 18"h x 8"w.

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Lot 37: 112"h early 20th c. telefomin entrance board

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Description: Early 20th century telefomin entrance board or "amitung", Eriptaman tribe of Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, carved in Falamtigan village, once incorporated into a cult house storing ancestral relics, of curved triangular form with a rectangular aperture in the lower section, painted and carved with raised black borders enclosing geometric motifs, 112"h x 18"w (9'3"h). Provenance: Acquired at auction, Sotheby's New York, 2000.

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Limited edition bronze, signed Spratt

Lot 38: Limited edition bronze, signed Spratt

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Description: Limited edition bronze sculpture of a galloping lion, artist signed and dated (James) Spratt (German, b. 1950) 1995, and numbered 08/25, overall size including base 7.5"h x 14.25"l x 4"w.

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Karo Batak Medan medicinal container

Lot 39: Karo Batak Medan medicinal container

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Description: Karo Batak Medan medicinal container or "perminaken", Indonesia, for ceremonial use, carved with a stopper modeled as a rider on a "singa", surmounting the circular vessel, comprised of wood, hair, and bone, 9"h x 4.5"w x 3.5"d.

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Senufo bed or

Lot 40: Senufo bed or "gbag", Ivory Coast

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Description: Senufo bed or "gbag", Ivory Coast, used during ceremonies, of carved wood raised on four tapering legs, 12"h x 55.5"l x 20"w.

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Bamum Kingdom helmet mask, Cameroon

Lot 41: Bamum Kingdom helmet mask, Cameroon

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Description: Bamum Kingdom helmet mask, Cameroon, the carved wood face with protruding eyes and "hanging" cheeks, surmounted by a coiffure formed as a stylized spider, a symbol of wisdom, above a neatly groomed beard and filed center teeth indicating high social rank, 8"h x 12"l x 8"w.

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Circa 1920s leopard skin rug

Lot 42: Circa 1920s leopard skin rug

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Description: Circa 1920s leopard skin rug, 87"h x 60"w.

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Tami Island carved wooden bowl

Lot 43: Tami Island carved wooden bowl

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Description: Tami Island carved wooden bowl, Papua New Guinea, of elliptical form with a relief decorated exterior, representing ancestral figures flanked by fish, 6"h x 27"l x 12"w.

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Angu club, Papua New Guinea

Lot 44: Angu club, Papua New Guinea

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Description: Angu club, Papua New Guinea, ceremonial axe, the long wooden shaft with a circular, pierced, flat and smoothly ground stone disc adhered to one side, overall size including stand 26"h x 9"w x 8"d. Provenance: Acquired from the Tapa Gallery, Sydney, Australia, circa 1970.

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Payback figure, Papua New Guinea

Lot 45: Payback figure, Papua New Guinea

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Description: Payback figure, Mendi Valley, Papua New Guinea, a bark replica of a Mendi man, painted white to simulate mud, dressed in a woven fiber skirt, and draped in kunai grass seeds known as Job's tears, 22"h x 11"w x 3"d.

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Food hook, Papua New Guinea

Lot 46: Food hook, Papua New Guinea

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Description: Food hook, Papua New Guinea, suspended from rafters in order to hang objects for safekeeping, of phallic form with a carved face and pronged hook, 16"h x 6.5"w x 2.5"d.

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(2) Tikar ancestral figures, Cameroon

Lot 47: (2) Tikar ancestral figures, Cameroon

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Description: Pair of Tikar ancestral figures, Cameroon, the couple carved from wood with pygmy characteristics, with the neck coiled in rope and the arms resting on the protruding abdomen, each 10"h x 5.5"w x 4.5"d.

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Food hook, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

Lot 48: Food hook, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea

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Description: Food hook, Mindimit Village, Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, suspended from rafters in order to hang objects for safekeeping, the carved and painted female figure standing on a three-pronged zoomorphic hook, 34"h x 8"w x 6"d. Provenance: Acquired from the New Guinea Primitive Arts Gallery, Sydney, Australia, circa 1983.

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Black wildebeest bleached skull mount

Lot 49: Black wildebeest bleached skull mount

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Description: Black wildebeest bleached skull mount, 23"h x 27"w, marked on the plaque Ohorongo, Namibia, May 1995.

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Oryx shoulder mount

Lot 50: Oryx shoulder mount

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Description: Oryx shoulder mount, overall size 45"h x 17.5"w x 34"d.

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