Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Bone lion's head protome with glass eyes

Early Imperial
1st century A.D.
bone and glass
3 3/4 × 4 3/4 × 2 1/4 in. (9.5 × 12.1 × 5.7 cm)
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
Gift of Malcolm Wiener, on the occasion of the reinstallation of the Greek and Roman galleries, 2006
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168
This protome is very similar to the four that decorate the couch displayed in the adjacent Roman Imperial Gallery. The lion's head, however, is more rounded in shape and the glass eyes are better preserved and more realistic.
Christie's, New York. 1999. Antiquities. December 9, 1999. lot 409, pp. 104-5.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome p. 493, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Related Objects

Couch and footstool with bone carvings and glass inlays

Date: 1st–2nd century A.D. Medium: Wood, bone, glass Accession: 17.190.2076 On view in:Gallery 168

Glass pourer flask

Date: 2nd–early 3rd century A.D. Medium: Glass Accession: 74.51.80 On view in:Gallery 176

Glass snake-thread flask shaped like a mouse

Date: 3rd century A.D. Medium: Glass, blue Accession: 2012.479.2 On view in:Gallery 169

Glass jug

Date: late 1st–2nd century A.D. Medium: Glass Accession: 81.10.13 On view in:Gallery 171

Glass gladiator cup

Date: ca. A.D. 50–80 Medium: Glass Accession: 81.10.245 On view in:Gallery 168