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Carl Akeley: Sculpture

Selected resources on renowned taxidermist, sculptor, and conservationist Carl Ethan Akeley.

Sculpture at The Field

Carl Akeley was a highly-skilled sculptor: his three bronze life-size castings of native lion hunters and their prey, completed in 1925, may be viewed on the Ground Level of The Field Museum. (Read more online: Akeley, Carl E. Zoology Handbooks and Special Publications.)

© The Field Museum, CSZ59153. Lion Spearing in Africa bronze sculpture by Carl Akeley, Requiem, Nandi Men with raised shields, celebrating lion kill. Group III

 

 

 

 

 

Library Holdings

Two of Akeley's bronze sculptures are on display in the Reading Room of The Field Museum Library:

© The Field Museum, CSZ62884. "The Old Man of Mikeno," life-size bust of a gorilla. 

© The Field Museum, Z93872c, Photographer James Balodimas. "The Wounded Comrade," (1913), a dynamic study of three elephants Inscribed with "Cast for Stanley Field Esq" on base.