December 10~ Animals in Art

Mounted ruler (so-called Horseman) / Edo peoples, Benin kingdom, Nigeria

16th century / Copper alloy / 18”x11” / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Puppy Playing with a Pheasant Feather / Attributed to Yi Am

16th century / 12.25”x17.25” / Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk / Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

December 7~ Animals in Art

Miniature of a Crocodile from the “Rochester Bestiary” / South East England

c.1230-14th century / Parchment pages / 11 4/5”x8 1/2” / Royal 12 F XIII, f. 24, The British Library

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Aquamanile in the Form of a Lion / Nuremberg, Germany

c.1400 / Copper alloy / 12 9/16”x4 5/8”x12 1/2” / The Met

December 2~ Animals in Art

Pair of fittings in the form of tigers / Middle Western Zhou dynasty

Around 850-900 B.C. / Bronze / 10”x6 1/4” / Freer Gallery of Art|Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, D.C.≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈ ≈

Two Dogs / Roman statue found 1774

1st or 2nd century A.D. / White marble / La Venaria Reale, Turin, Italy, on loan from Pius-Clementine Museum, Vatican Museums

December 1~ Animals in Art

Caves of Lascaux / Upper Paleolithic period

c.17,000-c.15,000 B.C. / Cave painting and rock engraving / Dordogne region of southwestern France

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Guennol Lioness / Ancient Mesopotamia

c.3000-2800 B.C. / Magnesite or Crystalline Limestone / 3 1/4” high / Private collection