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Tornabuoni Arte

S040

Lion holding coat of arms
Veneto, late 16th century
Sculpted walnut wood. Traces of colouring.
cm. 63x80


The crouching lion, jaws open and teeth bared, holds a scrolled shield in its paws with long claws. The shield features a cardinals hat above the capital letters P and B, a heraldic motif of which a previous draft is visible. Elegant acanthus leaves encircle the felines back as a mantle; they may perhaps originally have carried an architectural element as for instance a small column.



Tornabuoni Arte