Drawn from stuffed animal or life?
Probably life, in this instance. The fearsome snarl and animated presence suggest Saftleven worked from life, perhaps at a fair, market, traveling circus or at one of several Dutch menageries.
A Lion Snarling, 1625-1633, Cornelis Saftleven. J. Paul Getty Museum.

Drawn from stuffed animal or life?

Probably life, in this instance. The fearsome snarl and animated presence suggest Saftleven worked from life, perhaps at a fair, market, traveling circus or at one of several Dutch menageries.

A Lion Snarling, 1625-1633, Cornelis Saftleven. J. Paul Getty Museum.

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