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Antique Print of Animals from Southeast Asia (c.1860)

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Description: Antique print titled ‘Süd-Asiatische Thiere’. Engraving of various animals of Southeast Asia including the tailor bird, cockatoo, a goose, hornbill, bird of paradise, a bengal tiger and a leopard species. Source unknown, to be determined. 

Artists and Engravers: Anonymous.

  • Date: c.1860
  • Overall size: 19 x 25 cm.
  • Image size: 18 x 23 cm.
  • Condition: Good, general age-related toning. Some wear and soiling, blank verso. Please study image carefully.

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