The pose and attenuated form of this solid-cast bronze are reminiscent of the monumental stone lions that guard a street at the Greek sanctuary of Apollo on the island of Delos. This lion may once have ornamented a large bronze vessel or brazier and is perhaps a product of Vulci.
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