Bronze statuette of a double-headed lion, Bronze, Etruscan

Bronze statuette of a double-headed lion

Period:
Archaic
Date:
ca. 550–500 B.C.
Culture:
Etruscan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H.: 2 1/4 in., 12.3 cm (5.7 x 12.3 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.281.76
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170
These three solid-cast lions are said to have been found together. Certainly they are closely related both in style and technique of manufacture. They likely ornamented a larger object, perhaps a brazier, which was almost certainly made of iron, since fragments of iron plate and several iron rivets remain attached to the bronze lions.
Muscarella, Oscar White. 1974. Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection no. 85, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1992. "Ancient Art: Gifts from The Norbert Schimmel Collection: Greek and Roman." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 49(4): p. 62.

von Bothmer, Dietrich, Carlos A. Picón, Joan R. Mertens, and Elizabeth J. Milleker. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1992–1993: Ancient World." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 51(2): p. 62.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 4.33c, pp. 12, 73, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.