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Historic Images of the Greek Bronze Age: The Reproductions of E. Gilliéron and Son

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Marble statue of a seated lion

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 500 B.C.
Culture:
East Greek or Lydian
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
H. 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm) length 41 in. (104.1 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of The American Society for the Excavation of Sardis, 1926
Accession Number:
26.59.9
  • Description

    Excavated at Sardis

    This seated lion was found along with statues of another lion and an eagle in the precinct of Artemis at Sardis. The group had been assembled on a re-used base during the Roman period, probably after great floods had disrupted the sanctuary. Lions were the attribute of Kybele, the great mother goddess of Anatolia. This statue was probably originally associated with her cult.

  • Provenance

    Excavated at Sardis

  • References

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, p. 210, pl. 50e.

    Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, no. 6, p. 5, pl. 9.

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