|Deposit||London, The British Museum, BM 48311=1872,0722.1|
|Notes||Donated by Captain W.F. Prideaux (1840-1914).|
|Support type||Artefact » Furniture » Fitting|
|Measures||l. 12.5, h. 13, th. 9, attachment h.1, attachment (base) h. 12.5, wt. 907.9 g|
|Notes on support and decorations||This object may have been originally attached to a piece of furniture. It is decorated with a snarling pouncing lynx with long ears and a thick ruff of fur around its neck extending down its chest. The back of the animal is decorated in relief with a crossed pair of fruited grapevines. It is cast onto a plain L-shaped arm or bar set at right angles to the plane of body and which was intended to secure the object.|
Traces of the original clay core survive within the body of the lynx. There is a single filing mark on the left side of the neck, presumably from a previous attempt to test the quality of the metal. The sharply turned head of this piece suggests that it was one of a pair of antithetical protomes, possibly attached to a piece of furniture or to another object.
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