Statuette of lion holding a Nubian captive

Late Middle Kingdom or Second Intermediate Period

Not on view

The arms of this Nubian boy are held freely at his sides with the palms turned outward in a gesture of voluntary submission. It is answered by the lion’s attitude, more protective than menacing. Three holes in the top of the animal’s head appear to have served to fix a lid over a cavity that still contains traces of organic fiber. The piece may have served as a container for a cosmetic substance imported from the south.

Statuette of lion holding a Nubian captive, Wood

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