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Fallow deer, Japanese (pair with BL4)

Stoneware

Museum number: BL3

Curatorial note

This ceramic deer has four small holes in the top of the head, presumably for antlers.

Deer are the sacred animals of the famous Kasuga shrine in Nara and it is possible that Soane's pair of deer came from there. Similar deer are known in brass. They were probably new or relatively new when Sir John Soane acquired them some time before 1837.

The Soane Museum 'AB' inventory, 1837, described this item as 'A Grotesque Non-descript Animal in China'.


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