8 1/2 in. x 7 3/4 in. x 8 1/2 in. (21.59 cm x 19.69 cm x 21.59 cm)
Bequest of M. Carey Thomas, President of Bryn Mawr College, 1894-1922
Bryn Mawr College
Deanery.192 (Deanery Number)
Fine and Visual Arts; Sculptures; Bronzes
M. Carey Thomas, the first Dean and second President of Bryn Mawr College, lived in the Deanery from 1885 to 1933. She was apparently quite fond of lions, which could be found throughout the house in various forms. This bronze fu-dog (Asian guardian lion) is one of a pair that was kept in the Dining Room after the Deanery became the Alumnae Center and Inn.
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- Refers to a broad range of alloys of copper, specifically any non-ferrous alloy of copper, tin, and zinc or other trace metals. Bronze was made before 3,000 BCE -- possibly as early as 10,000 BCE, although its common use in tools and decorative items is dated only in later artifacts. The proportions of copper and tin vary widely, from 70 to 95 percent copper in surviving ancient artifacts. Because of the copper base, bronze may be very malleable and easy to work. By the Middle Ages in Europe, it was recognized that using the metals in certain proportions could yield specific properties. Some modern bronzes contain no tin at all, substituting other metals such as aluminum, manganese, and even zinc. Historically, the term was used interchangeably with "latten." U.S. standard bronze is composed of 90% copper, 7% tin and 3% zinc. Ancient bronze alloys sometimes contained up to 14% tin.
- Three-dimensional works of art in which images and forms are produced in relief, in intaglio, or in the round. The term refers particularly to art works created by carving or engraving a hard material, by molding or casting a malleable material (which usually then hardens), or by assembling parts to create a three-dimensional object. It is typically used to refer to large or medium-sized objects made of stone, wood, bronze, or another metal. Small objects are typically referred to as "carvings" or another appropriate term. "Sculpture" refers to works that represent tangible beings, objects, or groups of objects, or are abstract works that have defined edges and boundaries and can be measured. As three-dimensional works become more diffused in space or time, or less tangible, use appropriate specific terms, such as "mail art" or "environmental art."
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
Home Departure and Destination
Bryn Mawr College
, 10/4/2013 - 12/31/2013