Firebacks

  1. 739

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    540 x 540 mm

    Description: Rectangular; a crowned lion fighting a boar in high relief on a raised bottom panel; above, a stamp formed from a fleur-de-lys on a bracket repeated three times, centre left and right corners; two angled shields and two sunburst discs.

    Notes: The shields probably signify civic or personal allegiance; the symbolism of the fighting beasts is not known.

    Inscription: P T

    Manufactured: in the late 16th to early 17th century in Germany.

    Current location: Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, Kensington & Chelsea, Greater London, England.

    Museum number: M.576-1926 (part of the Victoria & Albert Museum museum group)