quaternary alloy, cast and engraved
The body of the lion has been ingeniously compressed to include merely the protome and the rump, and though lions do not squat this conveys a very lively impression. The legs have jewelled anklets and the neck an engraved chain or fillet reminiscent of a leash. The slit and the flat projection in the beast’s back indicate that it was a support from some horizontal object, such as a large tray.
J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.102, p.95.