Stuffed lizard, Europe, 1801-1900
Stuffed lizards were often to be found hanging from the ceilings of barber-surgeons’ premises. They appear to have been symbols associated with the profession. Barber-surgeons and apothecaries were close professions and the latter also had similar creatures on display in their premises.
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