Art/ Collection/ Art Object

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

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.635, Boston: James R. Osgood and Company.

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, p. 333, Online Publication, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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