A key component of art deco is the mixing of naturalistic, figurative elements with those that are formalised or abstracted. Which is the inspiration behind this lion head cufflink. The creature's features are rendered more or less naturalistically, but the mane is highly stylised - a combination of radiating and parallel carved lines. In fact this cufflink is based closely on the classical art deco lions which flank the entrance to Iowa Masonic Library and Museum. The eyes are rendered with super bright and sparkly Swarovski crystals and he has an antiqued finish.