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Boy on a Recumbent Lion: C.794-1928

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Boy on a Recumbent Lion


Unidentified Staffordshire Pottery (Maker)


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.

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Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.5 cm
Length: 9.9 cm

Relative size of this object

9.9 cm7.5 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1745 CE - 1755 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

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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: Sunday 16 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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