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Handle of a cane

Handle of a cane

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (possibly, made)
    Scandinavia (possibly, made)
    Russia (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory, jet

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This object formed the handle of a cane. It depicts a lion attaching a horse at one end and a griffins head on the other. The pupils of its eyes are of jet.

Physical description

Handle of a cane, a lion attacking a horse at one end, a gryphon's head at the other, the pupils of its eys are made of jet.

Place of Origin

Germany (possibly, made)
Scandinavia (possibly, made)
Russia (possibly, made)


17th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Ivory, jet


Height: 5.5 cm, Length: 11 cm

Object history note

Acquired in Strasburg, formerly described as the head of a tau cross and ascribed to the twelfth century and of English work.

Descriptive line

Handle of a cane, lion attacking a horse, griffins head, possibly German, 17th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Works of Art acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum during the Year 1902 arranged according to the Dates of Acquisition. London: Her Majesty's Stationary Office. Wyman and Sons. 1906. pp.339
Longhurst, Margaret, H. Catalogue of Carvings in Ivory. I London: The Board of Education, 1929. pp.95


Ivory; Jet



Subjects depicted

Gryphon; Horse; Lion


Sculpture Collection

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