During the Age of Discovery, sailors left the “Old World” and embarked on their voyages. Early maps featured exotic animals and monsters explorers feared they would encounter on their travels. Most were works of pure fantasy, but often actual creatures would exceed their expectations. This piece plays homage to the age of discovery and in particular the growing interest in the natural world. The first Indian rhino version of this piece. It is probably a better fit because this, rather than the African rhino, was the first rhino seen in Europe. It’s image became popular during the late Renaissance due to wood-cut prints of the rhino by the artist Albrecht Durer.