Lion, from a Doorway

North Italian

On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 07

Alert and looking toward each other, both lions jealously protect their prey—a lamb in one case and a calf in the other—beneath massive paws. The pair originally supported columns that would have been attached to their backs and probably flanked a small doorway of a church. By the mid-eighteenth century, they were placed at the door of a chapel near the village of Quattro Castella, near Reggio Emilia.

Lion, from a Doorway, Limestone (Red limestone), North Italian

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