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Roman Bronze Lion Protome

Roman Bronze Lion Protome

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1239968

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Small Roman Bronze Lion Protome, Foreparts of a Leaping Lion. Ca. 1st - 2nd Century Century CE. 2 1/2" high x 2 1 2/" long, by 1 1/2" wide. On custom stand bronze is 3 1/2" high. Leaping lion with forelegs extended. Wide eyes and curly mane. Lolling tongue and open mouth exposing fangs. Missing left foot but otherwise in excellent condition. Ex: Henry Vivian, First Lord Swansea, (1821 - 1894) Label once attached reading: "ancient Roman 1st or 2nd Cent. Exc Havant (Aunt's) Ld. Swansea's coll." Henry Hussey Vivian, 1st Baron Swansea (6 July 1821 – 28 November 1894) was a Welsh industrialist and politician. Born at Singleton Abbey, Swansea, Henry was the eldest son of industrialist and MP John Henry Vivian and his wife Sarah, daughter of Arthur Jones, of Reigate. His younger brothers were Arthur Vivian (who would become an industrialist and MP), Richard Glynn Vivian (afterwards an art collector and philanthropist) and Graham Vivian. His uncle was Richard Hussey Vivian, first baron Vivian. He was educated at Eton and studied metallurgy in Germany and France from 1838 before entering Trinity College, Cambridge in 1839. He served as a Member of Parliament for Truro 1852–7, Glamorganshire 1857–85 and Swansea District 1885–93. In 1889 he became the first chairman of the Glamorgan County Council. He was also a Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant for Glamorgan and for some years first Lieutenant-Colonel of the 4th Glamorgan Rifle Volunteers. He was created a baronet of Singleton in the Parish of Swansea in the County of Glamorgan on 13 May 1882 and Baron Swansea, of Singleton in the County of Glamorgan on 9 June 1893.