Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Limestone statue of a seated lion

Period:
Late Classical or Early Hellenistic
Date:
ca. 4th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H. 17 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (44.5 x 41.9 x 14 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2648
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
This lion likely crowned a tombstone. The type appears on coins of Amathus in the middle of the fourth century B.C.
From the necropolis of Golgoi

Cesnola, Luigi Palma di. 1885. A Descriptive Atlas of the Cesnola Collection of Cypriote Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Vol. 1. pl. LXXXIV.549, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Perrot, Georges and Charles Chipiez. 1885. Histoire de l'Art dans l'Antiquité. t. 3, Phénicie, Cypre. p. 597, fig. 407, Paris: Hachette.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1384, p. 240, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Reinach, Salomon. 1924. "Deux mille trois cent quatre-vingt statues." Répertoire de la Statuaire Grecque et Romaine, Vol. 5, pt. 2, 2nd edn. no. 5, p. 419, Paris: E. Leroux.

Masson, Olivier. 1971. "Kypriaka IX: Recherches sur les antiquités de Golgoi." Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, 95: p. 316.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 464, p. 334, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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