London, South Kensington
13 September 1999
'Lion et gavial'
After a model by Antoine-Louis Barye, second half 19th century
A lion modelled standing over a captured crocodile, the moulded plinth inscribed Barye and initialled G.M.
19in. (48.3cm.) wide
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