These reliefs are both decorated with a pair of heraldic lions. Each was originally placed on a shield strap, the crosspiece by which a warrior carried the shield on his left arm.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1981. "One Hundred Eleventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1980 through June 30, 1981." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 111: p. 37.