Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Reclining lion on a grave monument (?)

Roman Period
A.D. 2nd–3rd century
From Egypt, Eastern Delta, Tell Basta (Bubastis)
l. 87 cm ( 34 1/4 in); w. 32 cm (12 5/8 in); h. 48 cm ( 18 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 131
This reclining lion probably served as a funerary monument. The Greek inscription reads: Thnepheros daughter of Pitikas dedicated [this] for good. The common Greek/Egyptian name Tanepheros is here written as Thnepheros, a reflection of the particular dialect of the Egyptian delta, where the lion was found. The phrase "dedicated this for good” is found in Egypt but not elsewhere in the Greek-speaking eastern Mediterranean. The use of lion sculptures as funeral monuments was a Greek custom.
Thnepheros daughter of Pitikas dedicated [this] for good
Excavated at Bubastis. Purchased from the Government of Egypt, 1912.

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