Jaguar Devouring a Crocodile

  • Antoine-Louis Barye, Jaguar Devouring a Crocodile, ca. 1830s, bronze, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Olin Dows, 1983.90.206

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Antoine-Louis Barye created more than fifty sculptures of cats. He chiseled the surface and applied patinas to show the patterns and textures of each animal’s fur. His work captures the force and brutality of great wild cats attacking their prey, and one critic described it as a “fierce, gluttonous, voluptuous enjoyment of the feline beast in the taste of blood.”

Title
Jaguar Devouring a Crocodile
Artists
Date
ca. 1830s
On View
Dimensions
4 3/8 x 5 x 10 1/2 in. (11.1 x 12.7 x 26.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Olin Dows

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – jaguar
  • Animal – reptile – alligator
Object Number
1983.90.206
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