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Reclining lion

Period:
Ptolemaic or Roman Period
Date:
304 B.C.–A.D. 364
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Old Cairo ("Babylon")
Medium:
Limestone
Dimensions:
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:
12.181.195
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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