Nov 8 2015
Animal taxidermy means hard working, dedication and a great dexterity. People who do this, need to be a calm and patient person and of course, to have passion for this. Many people consider animal taxidermy a bad thing because they think that animals are tortured, but the truth is that taxidermy is a great art and animals that are stuffed can be animals dead found by people by chance.
A short history about taxidermy
Every time people hear about taxidermy or stuffed animals they think about Egyptian cats that were found by archaeologists. These cats were embalmed and preserved during the time, because Egyptians consider them sacred animals; so, because cats were so important for them, they decide to conserve themselves by embalming them to keep the cats with them in the crave or in a special place from their home. But, this is not a way of taxidermy.
The first act of taxidermy was in 1748, when it was made known in France by Reamur when he published the methods of preservation. Later, in 1752 were published other techniques of mounting. These were used for preserve birds. At the beginning of this art, France was the heart of taxidermy. Later, in 19th century, the term stuffed appears because hunters come with their animal trophies to upholsters that sew up the skin and then stuff it with cotton and other materials.
But later, taxidermy starts to be seen as an art. The heart of taxidermy was Victorian era. During this time, mounted animals starts to be admires by people from the entire world. They were considered decorative objects and mounted animals were wanted by many and many people day by day.
The modern taxidermy has a man that was in the center of this art: John Hancock that is considered „the father” of this art.
Later, in the late of 19th century, stuffed animals become to be different. Now, started Anthropomorphic taxidermy. That imply the fact that mounted animals started to be dressed as humans or they were put in the same positions of humans (like they are engaged in some kind of human activity).
Of course that during the time, taxidermy has evolved, so in the 20th century, this art become more detailed because people can to preserve de details betters. It was and still is used in museums for conserve and keep rare species of animal or extinct animals.
To do taxidermy is a hard thing because it takes a lot of time. Passionate people discover during the time many ways to do it better and to lower the toxicity of it.
Steps for taxidermy are:
- Preparing the animal
- Preserving the skin
- Arranging and caring for taxidermy