Head from a Statue of a Lion
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
Ancient Egyptians began to produce fairly large statues even before the beginning of Dynasty 1. Most of these statues represent animals. They may be the early forms of some later animal-headed gods, but their exact identities are not certain. This lion, for example, may have depicted a specific god or symbolized the royal might of a king. Only the animal’s essential characteristics, including a small ruff, have been indicated in the very hard stone.
ca. 3300-3100 B.C.E.
early Dynasty 1, or earlier
Predynastic Period–Early Dynastic Period
9 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 12 13/16 in., 42 lb. (24.8 x 20 x 32.5 cm, 19.05kg) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Head from a Statue of a Lion, ca. 3300-3100 B.C.E. Pegmatite, 9 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 12 13/16 in., 42 lb. (24.8 x 20 x 32.5 cm, 19.05kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 73.26. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 73.26_PS6.jpg)
overall, 73.26_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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One head of a lion cub in black and white granite broken from the body at the neck. Most of left side of neck remains. Break appears ancient. Top of muzzle worn smooth. Both ears chipped. Nose on right side chipped. Several areas around muzzle chipped.
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