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ID number:  BIRBI-45.9
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Barye, Antoine-Louis (1796-1875)
Title / Object name:  An Indian panther
Object type:  Sculpture
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  Model: 1840; Cast: late 19th century
Materials:  Bronze
Measurements:  7.3 x 18.5 x 6 cm
Provenance:  Purchased from Alfred Spero, London, 14 August 1945, for £40

Barye was the foremost of a group of 19th-century French sculptors who specialised in small bronzes of animal subjects. They exploited newly developed techniques of mass reproduction to generate numerous casts of their models for a growing middleclass market, some which continued to be cast into the 20th century. Barye’s models of birds of prey and hunting animals, such as this panther, were particularly admired and sought after.

Inscriptions / Translations:  None

Notes:  Model: Paris. Cast: unknown foundry, probably Paris, late 19th century

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