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Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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.

MEDIUM Pegmatite
DATES ca. 3300-3100 B.C.E.
DYNASTY early I Dynasty
PERIOD Predynastic Period, Naqada III Period
DIMENSIONS 9 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 12 13/16 in. (24.8 x 20 x 32.5 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Lion, ca. 3300-3100 B.C.E. Pegmatite, 9 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 12 13/16 in. (24.8 x 20 x 32.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 73.26. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE 3/4 front left, 73.26_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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