Recumbent Lion

Old Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 100

This imposing lion figure must once have guarded the entrance to a pyramid-age sanctuary. As the most powerful predator of the steppe bordering the Nile valley, the lion was a symbol of royalty from early on. The animal–especially the female–also embodied a number of deities. This sculpture is the earliest extant example of monumental size that has been preserved almost in its entirety. It was excavated by the British Egypt Exploration Fund in 1891 at Herakleopolis Magna, southeast of the Fayum oasis.

#3212. Recumbent Lion



  1. 3212. Recumbent Lion
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Recumbent Lion, Granite

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