Origin: Canadian Arctic/Greenland Period: Early Twentieth Century Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1900-30 Height: 8 inches Width: 23 inches (at maximum)
The impressive (Ovibos moschatus) musk ox horns arching backward an then curving upward flanking the skull, with the set of teeth still present, the whole presented un-mounted, surviving from the first half of the twentieth century.
The condition of the whole is good and sturdy, and it remains un-dipped and so it beautifully dry and un-meddled with and as one would like it with a good spread of green decay though not too much to become a worry. One of the horns is very slightly looser than the other though this aside there are no other condition issues to report. A handful of the large molar teeth are still present.
The muskox is an Arctic mammal of the family Bovidae, and are truly arctic animals, well-adapted to their extreme environment with a superbly insulated, long, thick coat of dark brown hair and woolly undercoat. They are also noted for the strong odor emitted by males, from which its name derives. This musky odor is used to attract females during mating season. Muskoxen primarily live in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland,with small introduced populations in Sweden, Siberia, Norway, and Alaska. Both male and female muskoxen have long, curved horns. The thick coat and large head suggests a larger animal than the muskox truly is; the bison, to which the muskox is often compared, can weigh up to twice as much. They became extinct across much of their range in Europe and Alaska, largely as a result of over-hunting, but have been successfully reintroduced.
Not a common piece of natural history and a hugely decorative one at that.