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Sculptor's Model Head of a Lion Roaring

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Possible Place Made: Leontopolis (Tell el Muqdam)
  • DATES ca. 525-404 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXVII Dynasty
    PERIOD First Persian Period
    DIMENSIONS 5 9/16 x 3 3/8 x 5 1/16 in. (14.1 x 8.5 x 12.8 cm) mount (display dimensions): 5 1/2 x 4 x 5 1/2 in. (14 x 10.2 x 14 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 34.1190
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Sculptor's Model Head of a Lion Roaring, ca. 525-404 B.C.E. Limestone, 5 9/16 x 3 3/8 x 5 1/16 in. (14.1 x 8.5 x 12.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 34.1190. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.1190_threequarter_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE 3/4, 34.1190_threequarter_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The flat base and back of this object show that it is not a fragment from a full sculpture of a lion but a complete work on its own. As such, it likely served as a votive offering, a sculptor's model, or perhaps even both. The open mouth and the detailed treatment of the interior of the mouth point to Persian influence. The popularity of the lion god Mahes in Dynasty XXVII suggests Leontopolis as a place of origin.
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