''Ready for the Kill'', mountain lion and prey, modeled 1909; cast circa 1941, signed and inscribed with the artist's skull device on the base: C.M. Russell, stamped on the base: Roman Bronze Works Inc. N.Y., bronze with medium brown patina, 4'' H x 6.5'' W x 6.5'' D, est: $3000/5000
Literature: J.A. Baird, Jr., ''The West Remembered, Selections from the Collection of Earl C. Adams'', California Historical Society, San Francisco and San Marino, CA, 1973, p.66, fig. 115. Provenance: Collection of Earl C. Adams, San Marino, CA; through descent to the present owner, Santa Fe, NM
Visual: Generally good condition. Very minor dust accumulation in the crevices. Felted underside.