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Limestone recumbant lion

Period:
Cypro-Classical
Date:
second half of the 5th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
Overall: 18 1/2 x 32 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (47 x 82.6 x 24.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.2868
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 175
The lion formed the finial of a funerary stele and was meant to guard the tomb.
From the necropolis of Salamis

Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 1386, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Pogiatzi, Elena. 2003. Die Grabreliefs auf Zypern: von der archaischen bis zur romischen Zeit. cat. 28, p. 126, pl. XVIII, 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. 49f, Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern.

Hermary, Antoine and Joan R. Mertens. 2013. The Cesnola Collection of Cypriot Art: Stone Sculpture. no. 462, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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