Bowl with Lioness


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300

Images of lions were popular throughout the medieval world. Although lions were rare in Byzantium, they appear frequently in art—from illuminated manuscripts and elegant silver to everyday objects, such as ceramics and copper-alloy jewelry—and in literature, both secular and religious. The boldly stylized pose of the lioness, which suggests the beast’s power, is also seen on Islamic metalwork.

Bowl with Lioness, Earthenware, Byzantine

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