Although the first half of the first millennium B.C. is known as a period of great metalwork production in the Near East, this lion is a rare surviving metal sculpture in the round. The animal's powerful presence is concentrated in the stylization of the face, executed in a manner that dates this work to the mid-first millennium B.C. The lion may be attributed to Anatolia or Syria based on comparison with monumental stone relief carving of these regions.
Since 1949, The Guennol collection (Alastair Bradley Martin's collection) and from 1950, exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum; acquired by the Museum in 2002, purchased from The Merrin Gallery, New York.
"The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009.
Rubin, Ida Ely, ed. 1975. The Guennol Collection I. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 85-88.
Evans, Jean M. 2003. "Striding Lion." Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 2002-2003, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 61, pp. 6-7.