Origin: Asia Period: Early Twentieth Century Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1910-30 Height: 23 inches (with horns) Width: 25.5 inches (at maximum) Depth: 7 inches (at maximum)
The impressive female (Bubalus bubalis) water buffalo 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. One of the horns is very slightly looser than the other though this aside there are no other condition issues to report. The set of teeth are still present, with some movement as to be expected whilst there is a hanging hook for wall mounting.
The water buffalo or domestic Asian water buffalo is a large buffalo found on the Indian subcontinent to Vietnam and Peninsular Malaysia, in Sri Lanka and in Borneo. Water buffaloes are especially suitable for tilling rice fields, and their milk is richer in fat and protein than that of the dairy cow. The large feral population of northern Australia became established in the late 19th century. The horns extend sideways from the skull and curve backwards and then upwards; whilst in Indian buffalo, the horns often curve in a semicircle, while in buffalo from Thailand and Cambodia the horns spread much more to the side with minimal inward curvature at the tips. Horns of males are thicker, but often shorter, than those of females.