Here is the lead (as in the metal) wolf and the lower photo shows his position in the hierarchy of mantlepiece animals. H.I. had him at the lead (as in the front) of a procession of three, but I turned him around to face the dog and sheep in a fittingly confrontational and wolf-like, Jack London-style posture.
The sheet iron dog was made in India (not Victorian England as one unscrupulous antique dealer tried to tell me when she wanted to sell one of hers) and the lamb was made by the old trick of squeezing the clay through a tea-strainer for the fleece. The first time an amateur ceramicist learns that trick they make all sorts of furry animals and each one is unique. That is what I like about this one, plus it reminds me, now I come to think of it, of a Craigie Aitchison rendition of a sheep - or was it a Bedlington Terrier? Either will do.
This time of year they also put me in mind of those out-of-scale nativity scenes which are cobbled together by children and the child-like, with disparate and disproportionate creatures all huddled around a grotesquely large, swaddled plastic Jesus.
I saw a lead farmyard collection for sale in the market yesterday and I almost bought it so that we could create one of the very few nativity scenes to include a ravenous wolf.