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This English beast dwells in the Armoury Chamber of the Kremlin …
A silver sculpture of a panther (some say leopard – doctors differ). Three feet high – claws, teeth, tongue and tail. There seems to be a harp-like structure to it, but maybe that’s just me. And note the face under the left forepaw.
The piece was made circa 1600 and is part of a collection of English silverware – goblets, wine vessels, jugs, salt-cellars – amassed by the Russians in the 16th and 17th centuries.
The collection was exhibited in London in 2006 and is considered the most important surviving group of English silver from that period. Why? Because pieces like this were melted down at a furious rate in the mid-17th century, during England’s civil war and the Commonwealth government under Oliver Cromwell.
How did the sculpture end up in the Kremlin? Continue reading