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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.
Conservation
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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Period
1620-1640 (Baroque)
Medium
ivory, ebony base
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.433
Measurements
7 11/16 x 13 1/4 in. (19.5 x 33.7 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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