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Samson Wrestling with the Lion
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Samson Wrestling with the Lion

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Description The Old Testament hero Samson, infused by the spirit of the Lord, attacks and kills a lion with his bare hands (Judges 14). The artist mixes subtle detail with complex movement and form to intrigue the viewer's eye; the visual dynamism of the encounter is intensified by the remarkably parallel forms of Samson and the lion, whose claws tear into Samson's flesh, drawing blood.
Date Description Narrative
12/15/1981Examinationexamined for condition
12/15/1981Treatmentcleaned; repaired; mounted; loss compensation
12/01/2004Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Jacques Seligmann, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910

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1620-1640 (Baroque)
ivory, ebony base
(Ivory & Bone)
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7 11/16 x 13 1/4 in. (19.5 x 33.7 cm)


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