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Recumbent Lion

The Egyptians used leonine images for a variety of purposes, including depictions of lions themselves, as figures of powerful goddesses such as Wadjet, Bastet, or Sakhmet, or as symbols of the king. Artisans had to add specific iconographic details to help the viewer understand what lilian" was meant. Recent research has demonstrated that sculptures such as this, showing a recumbent lion with his head turned and his paws crossed, perhaps always represent the king.

Catalogue Description:
Large recumbent limestone lion made in two parts, resting on an oblong base, front paws crossed, tail curled on base in front with the head facing front. Mane has incised details. Condition: Sculpture in two parts (a=head; b=rear part). Apparently made that way originally as the breaks are evidently ancient. Large ancient dowels are on each inner side of the two pats. Purpose of having two parts not evident. Said to be a sculptor's trial model. Various minor chips. Over rear of head extending over one ear was heavy crystallized gravel deposit. The workmanship is good.


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