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Lion and Ointment Jar

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
MEDIUM Serpentine
DATES 525–404 B.C.E.
DYNASTY Dynasty 27
PERIOD First Persian Period
DIMENSIONS 6 x 1 7/8 x 4 3/16 in. (15.3 x 4.8 x 10.7 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Henry Hottinger
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Serpentine statuette of seated lion, in the round, supporting in his front paws an alabastron, carved in one piece with oblong base. Both sides of lion’s body inlaid with Achaemenid designs, originally set with opaque glass. Lower part of mane inlaid in glass. Head of lion turned to face spectator. Probably a temple vessel. Condition: Intact. Object has been assembled from several pieces. No restorations. Many inlays missing.
CAPTION Lion and Ointment Jar, 525–404 B.C.E. Serpentine, 6 x 1 7/8 x 4 3/16 in. (15.3 x 4.8 x 10.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Henry Hottinger, 53.221.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.53.221.2_wwg8.jpg)
IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.53.221.2_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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