Statuette of a stag by Unknown Artist

In this rare and beautiful bronze statuette of a stag the mane is finely detailed, and it has a dark grey-green patina.

Details

Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
16 x 8 cm
Art Fund grant:
£7,644 ( Total: £30,576; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
1987

Beneath its erect antlers are recessed eye-sockets, which would once have been filled by some precious or decorative stone. It was found immediately to the north of Brighton by a metal detector enthusiast. Stags have often been represented in European and Asian art, generally appearing as victims, the quarry of huntsmen, or of other animals. In early Britain this stag was probably used as a cult object in a temple. Three legs are damaged.

Provenance

Found to the north of Brighton; sold Christie's, 1985; private overseas collector.

Venue details

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery Royal Pavilion Gardens, BRIGHTON East Sussex BN1 1EE 03000 290 900 www.brightonmuseums.org.uk/brighton

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £5.20)

Tue – Sun 10am – 5pm

Closed Mon (except Bank Holidays)

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