A large Italian Romanesque 13th/14th century limestone recumbent lion
Lot 5
A large Italian Romanesque 13th/14th century limestone recumbent lion
£15,000 - 25,000
US$ 25,000 - 42,000
Lot Details
A large Italian Romanesque 13th/14th century limestone recumbent lion
with stylised mane and tail curled around his body and haunches, the front paws slightly bent, on a rectangular integral base,37cm wide, 205cm long, 77cm high (14.5in wide, 80.5in long, 30in high).

Footnotes

  • Recumbent lions were a common motif in Italian architecture between the 11th and 13th centuries, with pairs often found supporting columns forming church porches or a portico, as at the Cathedrals in Modena, Assisi and Parma, which all share the small head and stylised mane of the Romanesque lion. The lion offered here bears no marks to its back suggesting that it once bore a column upon its back, but does to the side, indicating that it was a flanking sculpture, possibly beside a doorway or wall.
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