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Marble lion

Period:
Late Classical
Date:
mid-4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Attic
Medium:
Marble, Pentelic
Dimensions:
Overall: 27 7/8 x 12 x 50 in. (70.8 x 30.5 x 127 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
09.221.9
  • Description

    The sphinxes and other animals that guarded tombs in the archaic period tend to convey immobility and permanence. In classical lions, however, movement is implicit: they appear to be watching, lying in wait, preparing to spring. With the suggested potential for imminent motion comes a concomitant emphasis on the animals' strength and litheness. The lion here looks to his left, as we anticipate the movement of his muscles and of the tufts of his mane when he takes off after his prey.

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1910. "Department of Classical Art: The Accessions of 1909." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5 (2): p. 40.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 145, p. 82, pls. 105c-d, 106.

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