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Otter (Lutra litra whiteleyi)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The otter is almost extinct today in Japan. This specimen shows the importance of the Siebold collection in the research of Japan.

History of the Object
Specimens of animals were collected for Siebold by many people. The history of this object is unknown as Siebold did not keep records.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Natural 
Measurements
Width 25 cm. Height 20 cm. Length 90 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Japan 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; 1823-1829 
Function
Sample of wildlife in Japan; educational 
Acquisition
The work is part of the Siebold Collection. Collected by Philipp Franz von Siebold in Japan, between 1823 and 1830. The natural species and drawings of animals and plants became part of the collection of NCB Naturalis when Siebold sold his collection to the Dutch Government. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
NCB Naturalis, on long-term loan. 
Museum
Japanmuseum SieboldHuis 
Credit line
 

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