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Reclining lion

Ptolemaic or Roman Period
304 B.C.–A.D. 364
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Old Cairo ("Babylon")
L. 45.6 cm (17 15/16 in.); W. 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.); H. 22.6 cm (8 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
This lion is at rest, but remains alert with its large heavy head turned to face the viewer. Pairs of lions like this might flank temple entrances.Associated with royalty, lions suggest powerful forces that protect the gods and temples.
Purchased by the Museum in 1912 from the Government of Egpt.

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