Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bone lion's head protome with glass eyes

Period:
Early Imperial
Date:
1st century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
bone and glass
Dimensions:
3 3/4 × 4 3/4 × 2 1/4 in. (9.5 × 12.1 × 5.7 cm)
Classifications:
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
Gift of Malcolm Wiener, on the occasion of the reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.514.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
This protome is very similar to the four that decorate the couch displayed in the adjacent Roman Imperial Gallery. The lion's head, however, is more rounded in shape and the glass eyes are better preserved and more realistic.
Christie's, New York. 1999. Antiquities. December 9, 1999. lot 409, pp. 104-5.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome p. 493, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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