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Free-standing Quadruped

Caucasian or Crimean?
5th century (?)
16 cm x 15 cm (6 5/16 in. x 5 7/8 in.)

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A unidentified quadruped has short legs in relation to its body. The neck and head rise almost vertically, with eyes, nostrils, and mouth clearly indicated. The haunches are wide and the animal has a short, inwardly curved tail.

Art Oriental, Chambre syndicale de la Curiosité et des Beaux-Arts (Paris, 1925), cat. no. 10.

Master Bronzes, Albright Art Gallery (Buffalo, 1937), cat. no. 9, ill.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1955), no. 61.

Exhibition History
Paris, Chambre syndicale de la Curiosité et des Beaux-Arts, "Art Oriental," May 1925.

Buffalo, New York, Albright Art Gallery, "Master Bronzes," February 1937.

Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, "A Selection of Ivories, Bronzes, Metalwork and Other Objects from the Dumbarton Oaks Collection," Nov. 15 - Dec. 31, 1945.

Dumbarton Oaks, "The Collector's Microbe: Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss and the Dumbarton Oaks Collections," Apr. 9 - Nov. 9, 2008.

Acquisition History
Purchased from Joseph Brummer, Paris.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks.

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, November 1940.