Count Giuseppe de Reali was a Venetian landowner and passionate big game hunter who went on twelve expeditions in Northern and Central Africa between 1898 and 1929. On his death in 1937, the vast collection of more than 300 items of trophies and ethnographic objects was left to the city of Venice and is currently displayed in the Natural History Museum. The display of these objects is acknowledged by the museum to reflect the concerns of the time and to be in ‘dubious’ taste in the contemporary moment. The White rhinoceros trophy was killed in the French Congo, now the Republic of Congo,  in 1925.