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Exceptional 19th C. folk art carved lion on a base with three baskets at his back.  I believe that this was meant to be a match safe of some sort.  Carved from a single piece of walnut, he stands erect, boasting a lovely mane and a tail wrapped around his hind leg.  He does not appear to ever have had ears.  But this simply adds to his folky charm.  A great piece of early American folk art!  Measuring 7-1/4" wide by 5-1/4" deep by 6-1/4" tall.  Age splits and minor surface imperfections consistent with age.  A remarkable piece of Folk Art!