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Lion head: O.11-1947

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Head of a lion with an open mouth, possibly a chariot mounting. Bronze inlaid with gold and silver wire, in parallel lines, following stylised contours.


History note: Lent by Mr Oscar Raphael to the Fogg Museum, Harvard, USA during the war, returned and handed over to the Museum in May 1947

Legal notes

Oscar C. Raphael Bequest, 1941, received 1947

Measurements and weight

Width: 5.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1941) by Raphael, Oscar C.


Han Dynasty (BC 206 - AD 220)
Circa -0206 - 220

Components of the work

Inlay composed of gold ( wire) silver ( wire)

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Techniques used in production

Inlay (process)

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.11-1947
Primary reference Number: 138273
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 March 2021 Last processed: Friday 26 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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