Marble statue of a seated lion

East Greek or Lydian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152

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.

Marble statue of a seated lion, Marble, East Greek or Lydian

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