Finial; boxwood; carved in form of two terminal figures with intertwined tails; lion mask and human mask between them.
How big is it?
3 cm wide, 3.4 cm high, 1.9 cm deep, and it weighs 5g
Detailed Curatorial Notes
Possibly for the lower end of a dagger sheath.
Provenance : Baron Anselm von Rothschild, Vienna, between 1866 and 1872 (cat no. 499). Previously in the collection of David Falke, appears in Falke Sale, Christie and Manson, London, 19 April 1858, lot 829.
- Charles Hercules Read, 'The Waddesdon Bequest: Catalogue of the Works of Art bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898', London, 1902, no. 264
- O.M. Dalton, 'The Waddesdon Bequest', 2nd edn (rev), British Museum, London, 1927, no.264.
- Read 1902: Read, Charles Hercules, The Waddesdon Bequest. Catalogue of the Works of Art Bequeathed to the British Museum by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild, M.P., 1898, London, BMP, 1902
- Dalton 1927: Dalton, Ormonde Maddock, The Waddesdon Bequest : jewels, plate, and other works of art bequeathed by Baron Ferdinand Rothschild., London, BMP, 1927
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