An important Romanesque bronze lion , probably the foot of a large bronze candlestick or lectern. Only the front half of the lion is depicted, reclining, its claws symmetrically placed in front of the body. The head quarter turned towards the spectator with heavy eyebrows and a wide muzzle, the relatively small ears are visible at the back of the head. The body is covered with stylized manes. On the back sits a fragment of the heavy attachment piece, by which the lion was fixed to a large whole.
Hollow cast bronze, molded in 3 parts whereby the body is vertically cast and the head separately attached with the horizontal seam visible. The bronze has obtained a beautiful patina with traces of corrosion and brownish red cuprite.
Venice. Romanesque. 12th century A.D.
Dimensions: height 17cm ; length (of the base) 14cm ; width (of the base) 10,5cm ; total length with attachment 18cm.