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Attributed to Vincenzo Leonardi (1589/90-1646)

Anatomical details of a common or crested porcupine c. 1630-40

RCIN 919438

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The porcupine is a nocturnal rodent still found in central and southern Italy, as well as in many parts of Africa. This assembly of details shows the snout, ear, front and rear paws with a claw from each, a hair and two types of quill, all at life size. Cassiano also owned a view of the whole porcupine.