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Glass A Medieval Bronze Lion Gesta 0 1963 2-3 In A Medieval Bronze Lion Anita Glass attempts to classify stylistically a small bronze lion found in a Providence collection This study was conducted to determine when and where it was cast and what it could be used for She compares it to various works that include lion figures to try to answer these questions I agree with the points she uses to support her ideas and I found many additional works that could add support The first thing Glass points out is the size of this bronze statue Although the lion is small the conception is monumental Glass She dates this figure back to the eleventh and twelfth centuries when the monumental quality of work was almost never determined by its size Glass Next she goes on to explain how the lions mane can be indicative of its place of origin Each of the curls on this lions mane has a scroll-like ending She relates these curls to St Johns hair in the Book of Kells c800 I believe that this is an important point and very accurate because the Book of Kells was made at Iona Scotland Also made at this location was Page with lion Book of John the Gospel Book of Durrow This work is depicted in Stokstad Art History and in this the scroll-like endings are seen They are used in the tail and also to represent an ear Also to add to that the muscles are stylized using this technique Glass then points out the artistic intent how the lion is positioned in such a way that its as if it were going to spring up at you I believe another work that has the same intent is Griffen Aquamanile from the Mosan region near Liege Belgium C1130 This bronze hybrid beast gives a sense of upward motion and also displays some of the other
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