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Smithsonian Lion and Lioness Bookends
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These sculptural Smithsonian Lion and Lioness Bookends are dramatic reproductions of the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Luke (born 2005) and Shera (born 2004)—pure pedigreed lions from South Africa who parented four cubs in 2010. Handcrafted with exceptional detail and finished in painted bronze, these Smithsonian Lion and Lioness Bookends feature felted undersides, which include the story of our noble lion and lioness. Polyresin.
Among the most endangered animals on earth, 3 African lions (Nababiep, Shera, and Luke)—ambassadors for the Smithsonian National Zoo’s conservation and science initiatives—reside in outdoor habitats at the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Great Cats Exhibit atop Lion/Tiger Hill.
Lion artworks can be found in the collections of our Freer Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and our National Museum of African Art.
Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.
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