Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Limestone finial of a funerary stele with two seated lions

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 550–526 B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
H.: 23 1/2 x 35 1/2 in., 9.5 cm (59.7 x 90.2 x 9.5 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2865
Not on view
Two lions sit back to back on a cavetto finial decorated with a disk and a crescent, the points of which turn downward. The lions’ heads are turned toward the viewer, their mouths open and tongues extended.
From the necropolis of Amathus

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. XCV.642, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1389, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pogiatzi, Elena. 2003. Die Grabreliefs auf Zypern: von der archaischen bis zur romischen Zeit. cat. 1, pp. 5-6, 77, 83, 105, pl. I, Mannheim: Bibliopolis.

Stylianou, Andreas and Patrick Schollmeyer. 2007. "Der Sarkophag aus Golgoi." Dynastensarkophage mit szenischen Reliefs aus Byblos und Zypern: Der Sarkophag aus Amathous als Beispiel kontaktinduzierten Wandels, 2. p. 204f n. 69-71, pl. 49b, Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 460, pp. 331–32, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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