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Medieval English Bronze Figure of a Dog - 1350 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,294) 99.7%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 290998710685 A charming English medieval bronze depicting a seated dog, dating to the 14th century. The animal is well modelled, its slightly disproportionate appearance imbues it with a somewhat caricatured appearance. The head in particular is overly large and is incised with oversized, humorous features. The animal is seated in a cramped upright position, almost as if squatting, with its feet resting upon a roughly rectangular base. Important to understanding this piece is the fact that the animal is not free standing, rather the steep angle of the body leaning forwards, coupled with its large head, renders it top heavy. It must therefore have been fixed to something else, likely forming a handle from a medieval vessel. The dog was a popular animal across medieval society and was particularly essential for hunting, one of the favoured pastimes of the nobility. Hunting could be extremely dangerous and serious injuries and deaths among the hunters were not uncommon. The animal depicted may well be an alaunt, a now extinct breed of powerful working dog. The alaunt was the heaviest and most vicious of the medieval breeds and was therefore used against larger game whilst on the hunt such as bears or boars. Despite its uses, the alaunt was also aggressive and reckless, and was known to attack domestic animals, or even its owner. The aristocracy spent a huge amount on hunting dogs in this period. In the 1360's Edward III spent around £80 a year (equivalent to £35,000 today), on keeping a pack of dogs and maintaining the huntsmen to look after and train them. An unusual and playful piece of bronze working, reflecting something of the medieval sense of humour.In July 2014, Julian Watters, the finds liason officer for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire named this piece as one of his four favourite discoveries in an article for Culture24, the full text can be found here. Condition: Excellent, unrestored and with a bespoke stand. Height: 2 inches. Height including mount: 3 3/4 inches. Provenance: Uncovered by a field walker in Wattlington, Oxfordshire in May 2013. Recorded by PAS (reference number BH-EEE305). Please follow this link to find the piece listed on the Portable Antiquities Scheme website. Note: A UK/EU export licence will be required to export this item outside the United Kingdom.1) This process is free of charge & we will submit all the documents for you.2) In the very unlikely event the license is refused, you will be refunded in full.3) The licence is normally granted within 2 weeks, but may take as long as 4 weeks in extreme cases.4) A valid export licence affirms the legal status of a relevant ancient item on the art market. It is important for the investment value of the piece. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: inkFrog Analytics Material: Bronze, Original or Reproduction: Original, Age: Medieval, Origin: European

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