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Lion's Head with Open Mouth

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 525-404 B.C.E.
    PERIOD First Persian Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 3/16 x 2 3/16 x 1 3/4 in. (5.6 x 5.5 x 4.4 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Lion's Head with Open Mouth, ca. 525-404 B.C.E. Stucco, 2 3/16 x 2 3/16 x 1 3/4 in. (5.6 x 5.5 x 4.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 66.176. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.66.176_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Dirty grey-brown stucco lion’s head with open mouth, slight red traces of paint on tongue, empty eye sockets; used as a finial since back of head is modeled concavely; yet surface fluorescence is dark purple throughout. Face well modeled; roof of mouth grooved, teeth indicated in detail. Condition: Chipped around edges of back of head; part of left ear missing, also part of right cheek. Modern metal ring of suspension let into back of head.
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