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Sculptor's Model Head of a Lion Roaring

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Limestone
DATES ca. 525–404 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 27
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)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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 threequarter, 34.1190_threequarter_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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