The Tayra (Eira barbara) is large mustelid, related to weasels, fishers, martens, and wolverines.
These active and feisty mammals are found in tropical forests through much of Central and South America. They are agile climbers, though they spend more time on the ground, sleeping in burrows and dens under logs and at the bases of tree trunks. Tayras are diurnal and ominivorous, eating a wide variety of fruits and small animals.
The body of a tayra may grow up to
71 cm (28 inches)
in length, with a tail that may be as long as 46 cm (18 inches). Their numbers are decreasing in some areas where development and agriculture are increasing. As with many mustelids, they are capable of releasing a rather pungent musk from scent glands near the base of the tail.
Monumental Marble Bust of Zeus or Asklepios, Roman Imperial, 2nd Century AD
The head dates to the Roman Imperial period, 2nd century AD. The socle, shoulders and restorations are attributed to Vincenzo Pacetti (1746-1820).
This is modeled after a Greek original in bronze of the 5th Century BC, turned to his right, with thick unruly beard of deeply drilled curls, long moustache, outlined full parted lips, and finely arched brows, his hair radiating from the crown and falling in a mane of loose curls over the ears and nape of the neck. Height of head approx. 16 in. 40.6 cm.; total height 28 ½ in. 72.4 cm.