Object Title

Sculpture - Winged gilded lion

Sculpture - Winged gilded lion

Object Number

XVII.22

Provenance

Brought to England from Corfu after the occupation by British forces.

Physical Description

Winged gilded lion of St Mark of large size and in traditional pose with right paw resting on an open book of the Gospel, pages inscribed 'PAX TIBI MARCE EVANGELISTA MEVS' ('Peace be with thee O Mark my evangelist') Its eyes are raised heavenwards, and its head is surrounded by an iron halo.

Materials

Dimensions

OverallHeight1145 mm
OverallWidth1830 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

'PAX TIBI MARCE EVANGELISTA MEVS' ('Peace be with thee O Mark my evangelist')Pages

Associations

Notes

Originally from Corfu, the Ionian Islands had been an overseas Venetian dependency until 1797 when the Republic of Venice fell to French rule. As part of the Adriatic Campaign against Napoleon, Cofu was besieged by the British fleet in 1809 but held out until 1814. In 1815 British rule over the Ionian Islands was formally established (United States of the Ionian Islands).