A MAGNIFICENT ISLAMIC BRONZE LION

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PERIOD: 12th to 13th Century

ORIGIN: Al-Andalus

DIMENSIONS: H. 31.5 cm W. 54.5 cm

DESCRIPTION:
This cast bronze lion served as a fountain spout. A large hole in its underbelly was connected to a pipe that carried water through its body to its wide-open mouth. Although the articulated tail could be raised or lowered, this system did not activate a mechanism that could block or open the passage for the waters.

PROVENANCE: Switzerland private collection

CERTIFICATE: Comes with a certificate from the Art Loss Register.

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