Statuette of Lion

South German
Medieval (Gothic)
1400–1500


Object Place: Europe, Germany, Lower Saxony

Dimensions

8.6 x 7.8 x 4.6 cm (3 3/8 x 3 1/16 x 1 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

57.171

Medium or Technique

Latten (92.3% copper, 3% tin, 1.4% zinc, 1.8% lead and trace elements)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork

Seated lion in three-quarter view with a wedge cut from the back and a round hole through the back and integral base. Solid cast in one piece, chased minimally, and patina applied. Resting on his hind quarters and straight front legs, the lion has debased tripartite paws and a tail curled under his haunch and up his back. The head has a parted mane, an open mouth with rough indication of upper teeth, a snout with nostrils marked by a v, deeply set almond-shaped eyes with prominent pupils and small ears placed high.

Provenance

1957, Mathais Komor, New York; 1957, sold by Komor to the MFA for $150. (Accession date: March 14, 1957)

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund