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Lion About to Strike a Serpent (Lion la patte levée sur un serpent) or (Esquisse du lion des Tuileries)

Artist:
Antoine-Louis Barye (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris)
Date:
modeled 1832, executed before 1847
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze, brown patina
Dimensions:
Height: 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Miss G. Louise Robinson, 1940
Accession Number:
40.12.5
Not on view
Originally modeled in 1832; this is the third casting. For another example of this subject in the Museum's collection, see 39.65.57. This piece is a small variant of Barye's Lion Crushing a Serpent which was bought by the French government and placed in the Tuileries Gardens in 1835. The Metropolitan Museum has a small model of this piece (see 10.108.3), as well as a plaster cast of the Tuileries bronze (89.9).
Signature: On base in the cast: BARYE 1832;

On other side of base, stamped in smaller letters; BARYE 3

Inscription: Underside in black pencil: 1017

Marking: Cold-stamped on left hind leg, very faint: BARYE 3
Miss G. Louise Robinson (until 1940; to MMA)
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