- Museum number
Doorknocker; bronze, cast; in the form of a lion's head emerging from a circular disc base with fixing holes (four of the nine holes modern); the elongated head with eyebrows and moustache of stylized curls or tufts; two rows of larger curls representing the lion's mane link the head with the disc base; well-modelled eyes with pupils indicated by lines; notrils formed of deep holes; ring not original.
- Production date
- 1200 (circa)
Diameter: 370 millimetres
Depth: 125 millimetres (of relief)
- Curator's comments
- Text from Zarnecki et al 1984, see bibliography:
'Before entering the Museum, the knocker was at Brazen-Head Farm, Lindsell, Essex. According to Christy, the name of the farm derived from the knocker dates from before 1500 and so this knocker was not a spoil of the Reformation but was probably made for a church of importance before being removed to Lindsell, not later than the 15th century.
It is a work in which Romanesque stylization is combined with subtle modelling and it was praised for its 'sculptural virtuosity'. In a recent study, Mende questions the English workmanship of this piece, and in this, as in other views concerning English doorknockers, she accepts the conclusions of Christy. No convincing evidene has been produced to support the belief that the Lindsell doorknocker is Continental; Hoffman accepts it as English and the same view is adopted here.'
Christy, M., ' Notes on an early medieval lattern doorknocker from Lindsell, co. Essex', Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries, XXIII, 1909, pp380-9
- On display (G40/dc14/sC)
- Exhibition history
1984 5 Apr-8 Jul, London, Hayward Gallery, English Romanesque Art 1066- 1200
1977 London, BM, Animals in Art
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number