A lead sculpture, representing Samson slaying a Philistine or Cain and Abel.
This is a copy of the original statue by the Mannerist sculptor Giambologna, Samson slaying a Philistine, currently housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
In a dynamic composition, the attacker holds an animal’s jawbone in his right hand, while grasping the hair of his victim in his left hand. The body of the latter figure is contorted and has fallen to the ground, his face showing signs of great suffering. This sculpture is a good example of the multiple viewpoints seen in Giambologna’s work; the spiralling movement of the bodies means that there is no single viewpoint.