Can you tell me about the Guennol collection?
The Guennol Collection, assembled by Alastair Martin and his wife, features a number of exceptional objects! Several were acquired by the museum or are on long term loan. The couple began collecting objects in the late 1940s, which they soon began offering to museums. Martin became a trustee of the Brooklyn Museum in 1948 and began lending and donating objects to the museum.
The Collection is rather diverse and features art from ancient Egypt, the ancient Americas, Asian art, and American folk art. Objects from the collection can be found in numerous places around the Museum today.
This is a fragment of a lion sculpture from ancient Persia or Iran. The curving lines used to create details in the face are characteristic of Achaemenid Persian art.
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This lion head is a fragment of a larger stone sculpture from ancient Persia or Iran. It's likely that the lion's mouth was open in a snarl, given the stylized lines and folds of skin that are emphasized on the face.