This handsome version of the Medici Lion with his paw on a ball has been carved out of a Northern Italialn limestone called Vicenza. Ferdinando I de’ Medici requested two lions for his garden staircase at his Tuscan villa in the 16th century. One of the lions used was a marble lion that was unearthed near Porta San Lorenzo and originally made in the 2nd Century AD. This ancient lion had a pose similar to our lion below, including the front paw resting on a sphere. Fernando I de’ Medici then had a second lion to stand beside the original. Throughout the centuries, copies and replicas of the lion have been made in a variety of materials.
The stone lion here, stands with his head looking upwards and his left paw on the ball. His tail curls between his back legs and he stands upon a canted rectangular base. The flowing mane and details of the face are realistic, and overall, the statue has acquired a nice patina from standing outside for the past few years. Perfect for indoors or out, this lion will be a focal point to any area.
CONDITION: Very good condition with minor rubs and wear