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From Abstract to Ultra-Realistic Game

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If you're going to make a statement, consider a loud one: a growl, a roar, or a trumpet, even. We like to think that's what's behind the tongue-in-cheek mounted animal heads we saw in this year's contest entries, like the cardboard fauna in reader Joe Human's living room. "I like the 3-D effect on my wall," Joe says. (You'll see more of that accent wall in Fake a Wallpaper Look With Yarn and Upholstery Tacks.) Taxidermy has been around for centuries, of course, enjoying its heyday in the oddities-obsessed Victorian era. Today, faux versions—ranging from abstract art to ultra-realistic replicas—offer looks both whimsical and beautiful. Here, nine beasts you're sure to go wild for.

"I like the quirky element they add to the space."

—Joe Human, New York City

Big Red

Photo by Mark Lund

Grandin Road

Made of: Resin

Size: 30"W x 22"D x 29"H

Highlights: The naturally goofy moose becomes a playful centerpiece in a vibrant tomato hue.

About $250; Grandin Road

Horns Aplenty

Photo by Mark Lund

Home Decorator's Collection

Made of: Painted resin

Size: 6"W x 9"D x 16"H

Highlights: An aged-bronze finish gives this dramatically antlered gazelle serious style.

About $34; Home Decorator's Collection

On Safari

Photo by Mark Lund

Near & Deer

Made of: Painted resin

Size: 9"W x 12"D x 15"H

Highlights: Savanna green highlights every fold on this picture-perfect grizzled rhino.

About $120; Near & Deer

An earthy green highlights the picture-perfect quality of this grizzled rhino. TOH readers can get an exclusive offer of 15-percent off this piece and any other item from Near & Deer by shopping at Near & Deer and entering TOHSAVE15 at checkout. Offer valid 9/25/15 through 11/6/15.

Tall Order

Photo by Mark Lund

Z Gallerie

Made of: Resin

Size: 10"W x 15"D x 31¼"H

Highlights: With its long neck and docile demeanor, this giraffe will cast an elegant eye on your living space.

About $130; Z Gallerie

Stripes

Photo by Mark Lund

DwellStudio

Made of: Papier-mâché

Size: 16"W x 13"D x 11"H

Highlights: A zebra head of molded newsprint springs to life thanks to bright teal painted details.

About $40; Wayfair

Read All About It

Photo by Mark Lund

Caribbean Craft

Made of: Papier-mâché

Size: 14½"W x 17"D x 29"H

Highlights: This graceful springbok is handmade in Haiti from recycled paper.

About $191; Amara

Bold Graphics

Photo by Mark Lund

DwellStudio

Made of: Papier-mâché

Size: 12"W x 13"D x 13"H

Highlights: An abstract giraffe's head gains definition from painted fur patterns.

About $64; AllModern

Trunk Show

Photo by Mark Lund

Home Decorator's Collection

Made of: Resin

Size: 13"W x 4"D x 17"H

Highlights: An aged-brass color gives this elephant head an antique look.

About $27; Home Decorator's Collection

Small-Time

Photo by Mark Lund

Z Gallerie

Made of: Resin

Size: 15"W x 7½"D x 13¾"H

Highlights: This miniaturized moose head is fit for a smidgen of wall space—or for a grouped display.

About $50; Z Gallerie

Statuesque

Photo by Mark Lund

West Elm

Made of: Papier-mâché

Size: 23"W x 18"D x 34"H

Highlights: Gracefully abstract, this impala is formed from recycled paper with a plain-white painted finish.

About $170; West Elm

Not-So-Basic Black

Photo by Mark Lund

Near & Deer

Made of: Resin

Size: 14"W x 10"D x 15½"H

Highlights: This ultra-lifelike replica of a ram's head shows off every ring and hair—but solid-black coloring keeps it sleek.

About $100; Near & Deer

Oh Deer

Photo by Mark Lund

Home Decorator's Collection

Made of: Resin

Size: 12"W x 6"D x 16"H

Highlights: It's a classic for a reason—a 10-point buck sure can impress. This small-scale version works in even the tiniest of spaces or in a cluster of three.

About $34; Home Decorator's Collection

New Heights

Photo by Mark Lund

NACH

Made of: Resin

Size: 9½"W x 8.8"D x 26.6"H

Highlights: The towering antlers on this lifelike antelope give the plain-white piece major presence.

About $130; Amazon

Tusk, Tusk

Photo by Mark Lund

Caribbean Craft

Made of: Papier-mâché

Size: 25"W x 12"D x 27"H

Highlights: This large elephant head looks refined, not clownish, thanks to a smooth paper surface.

About $207; Amara

Out to Pasture

Photo by Mark Lund

Urban Trends

Made of: Fiberstone

Size: 14"W x 10½"D x 15"H

Highlights: Milky white seems an apt finish for a fully detailed cow.

About $100; Amazon