Door knocker in the form of an eagle’s head, anonymous, c. 1500 - c. 1600

Door knocker in the form of an eagle’s head, anonymous, c. 1500 - c. 1600

bronze (metal), h 21cm × w 15.5cm × d 9.5cm. More details

This stern eagle once decorated the door of an Italian palazzo or grand residence. It held a ring in its beak, which was used for knocking. Its feathers are spread out around its stylised head like a flat collar. This type of sculptural door knocker was very popular in Italy from the sixteenth century onward.

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