The winner of the three-Test series between the Springboks and British & Irish Lions will be the recipient of the first perpetual trophy in the history of the Lions.
It took more than 150 hours to make the trophy, which was handcrafted by Thomas Lyte – official silverware supplier to the British & Irish Lions – and stands 60cm tall weighing 6.5kg.
The main body of the trophy was handspun from a single sheet of sterling silver, while the base is handmade from sapele hardwood.
The trophy will be presented to the series winners and go into a trophy cabinet in either the northern or southern hemisphere, before reappearing in 2025 when the British & Irish Lions continue their storied history with a series in Australia.
Lions coach Warren Gatland is scheduled to announce his 36-man squad for the tour on Thursday, 6 May (12:45pm SA time).