Bisected Anatomical Specimen of a Southern European Hermanns Tortoise
Bisected Anatomical Specimen of a Southern European Hermanns Tortoise
Bisected Anatomical Specimen of a Southern European Hermanns Tortoise
Bisected Anatomical Specimen of a Southern European Hermanns Tortoise
Bisected Anatomical Specimen of a Southern European Hermanns Tortoise
Bisected Anatomical Specimen of a Southern European Hermanns Tortoise

Bisected Anatomical Specimen of a Southern European Hermanns Tortoise

1900 to 2000 England

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A Bisected Anatomical Specimen of a Southern European Hermanns Tortoise ‘Testudo Hermanni’
Contained in a glass case
Circa 1900 – 1920

Size: 13cm high, 17cm deep, 23.5cm wide – 5¼ ins high, 6¾ ins deep, 9¼ ins wide
The majority of Hermanns tortoises that were once imported into Britain died within a year, the climate being too cold and damp. However, specimens that were allowed the run of large gardens in Southern England were often very long lived. One that originally belonged to Archbishop Laud survived from 1633 to at least 1730, and possibly to 1753. It’s remains are still preserved at Lambeth Palace.
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Tortoise, Glass, Wood, Paper
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