Ornament with a pair of lions

Ornament with a pair of lions; bronze, cast, with traces of gilding. The piece, oval-shaped with a foliate border, is cast in openwork and decorate with a pair of addorsed lions, their bodies twisted and heads turned to face each other. The animals are joined by arabesque bands and enclosed by a frame. A small hole appears at the top and there is an arched loop at the base. Traces of gilding remain in the incised lines on the animals and around the borders.

Historical period(s)
Saljuq period, 13th century?
Medium
Bronze, traces of gilding
Dimensions
H x W: 5.4 x 6.2 cm (2 1/8 x 2 7/16 in)
Geography
Turkey
Credit Line
Anonymous gift
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1978.48
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Jewelry and Ornament, Metalwork
Type

Ornament

Keywords
casting, gilding, lion, Saljuq period (1037 - 1300), Turkey, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Ornament with a pair of lions; bronze, cast, with traces of gilding. The piece, oval-shaped with a foliate border, is cast in openwork and decorate with a pair of addorsed lions, their bodies twisted and heads turned to face each other. The animals are joined by arabesque bands and enclosed by a frame. A small hole appears at the top and there is an arched loop at the base. Traces of gilding remain in the incised lines on the animals and around the borders.

Published References
  • Mr. Yanni Petsopoulos. Tulips, Arabesques, and Turbans: Decorative Arts from the Ottoman Empire. New York and London. pp. 37, 44, pl. 22.
  • Dr. Esin Atil, W. Thomas Chase, Paul Jett. Islamic Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1985. p. 268.
Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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