Period: Late Nineteenth / Early Twentieth Century
Height: 13 inches (the whole)
Width: 18 inches (horns) or 23.5 inches (mount)
Depth: 5.5 inches (the whole)
The horns with skullcap on pine mount are in good condition with no hair drop and only tiny areas of loss to the top section.
These horns belonged to a male plains bison, distinguishable from the wood bison by the thick bonnet of hair we see here between the horns.
The North American bison, or buffalo, is the largest land animal in North America. A bull can stand 2 m high and weigh more than a tonne. Roaming free in North America, between 30 million and 70 million strong in the 1800s, bison can distinguish smells from 3 km away and at one time used traditional migration routes across the prairies that are still visible from the air as deep, worn paths.
A bold and imperious statement amongst taxidermy mounts.