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Boy on a Recumbent Lion: C.794-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Boy on a Recumbent Lion


Maker: Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery




White salt-glazed stoneware figure of a boy on a lion's back

Off-white stoneware, press-moulded, decorated with brown slip for the boy's eyes and salt-glazed. The piece was made in two halves and joined together. The boy reclines on his side on the recumbent lion's back, holding a plant in front of himself.


History note: Sidney Hand of Grafton Street, W.1, from whom purchased for £17, on 9 June 1922 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.5 cm
Length: 9.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Mid
George II
Circa 1745 CE - 1755 CE


This model was probably based on a Dehua figure of the Bodhisatva Manjusri (Wenshu).

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Eyes composed of slip ( brown)
Surface composed of salt-glaze

Materials used in production

off-white Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Press-moulded white stoneware, painted in brown slip, and salt-glazed

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.794-1928
Primary reference Number: 76068
Old object number: 3785
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 6 October 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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