Nenfro statue of a winged lion


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

Several statues of this type, made from nenfro, a kind of volcanic stone used extensively at Vulci, depict winged lions and sphinxes. These were set up to protect the entrances to subterranean chamber tombs covered by a tumulus (earthen mound). They often appear in pairs and represent the Etruscan response to a long tradition of guardian figures stretching back to ancient Egypt and the Near East.

Nenfro statue of a winged lion, Nenfro, Etruscan

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