Lion Cub

Period: Early Dynastic

Dynasty: Dynasty 1

Date: ca. 3100–2900 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt; Said to be from Southern Upper Egypt, Gebelein (Krokodilopolis)

Medium: Quartzite

Dimensions: L. 23.4 x H. 12 x W. 12.5 cm (9 3/16 x 4 3/4 x 4 15/16 in.)

Credit Line: Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966

Accession Number: 66.99.2


This powerful figure of a crouching lion belongs to the beginning of Egypt's historic period, when the process of integrating Upper and Lower Egypt into one centralized state was underway. The simplified sculptural treatment, with the tail curled over the back and the absence of a base, is typical of sculpture from this period, when the Egyptians were learning to master the art of carving in hard stone.