Black Panther’s are melanistic Leopards. Melanism is the opposite of albinism where black pigments are developed in the skin.
Van Ingen & Van Ingen (1900–1999) were Indian taxidermists located in Mysore, South India, best known for their big cat taxidermy trophy mounts. The firm was established by Eugene Van Ingen in the 1890s. His sons later ran the business until it closed in 1999.
Van Ingen & Van Ingen served the highest in international nobility as well as the Maharajas of India, preserving their hunting trophies in the most lifelike poses and in the utmost beauty, with attention to detail like no other in their time of operation.
Melanistic leopards are known, like melanistic jaguars, as “black panthers”. Melanism in leopards is inherited as a trait relatively recessive to the spotted form. Interbreeding in melanistic leopards produces a significantly smaller litter size than is produced by normal pairings.
Overall good antique condition with the fur still remaining bright and vibrant in colour.
Leopards are protected under CITES Appendix 1 Annex A.
This piece comes with an A10 license which is required to legally sell pieces which are produced after 1947
- Max Width: 202cm
- Max Length: 126cm