Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Although lions were rare in pharaonic times, having been driven south by climate change, they remained important in Egyptian culture. An image of a lion at rest communicated the power and confidence of a king and evoked the country’s tranquility.
This lion was likely one of a pair, placed on either side of an entrance, facing the visitor, the companion being its mirror image. Its eyes, once inlaid with colorful stones or glass, emphasized the ever-watchful presence of a majestic beast.
13 3/4 in. (35 cm)
Base: 11 x 27 3/8 in. (28 x 69.5 cm)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Recumbent Lion, 305-30 B.C.E. Limestone, 13 3/4 in. (35 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 33.382a-b. Creative Commons-BY
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. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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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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