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ID number:  BIRBI-68.5
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Italian
Title / Object name:  Lion mask
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Perhaps Tuscany
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  13th century
Materials:  Marble
Measurements:  33.4 x 31.5 x 14.5cm
Provenance:  Known to have been in a private collection, Northern Italy, prior to 1968; purchased from 'Objects', T.H.G. Howard-Sneyd, December 1968, for £3,500

The mask originally formed the head of a fountain, possibly for a public drinking supply. Mineral deposits around the mouth indicate water issued out of it. The high quality of the carving is reflected in the contrasting ways in which the sculptor has used a drill for the lion’s mane and chisels for the smoother texture of the face.

Notes:  Perhaps made in Tuscany, Italy.

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