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Figure of a lion, from a vessel or box (?)

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The lion is recumbent, with ears back and tail curled up toward the left top of his rump. Whiskers and ruff are modeled and incised; the mane is incised with curving strokes like parentheses. He seems to be partly hollow cast with some lead filling and an iron pin through his back, suggesting he...

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Provenance

By date unknown shortly after 1949: George Ortiz Collection, Switzerland (said in his letter of February 8, 2001, to have come from Cerveteri via the Roman art market); by 1965: with Mathias Komor, 19 East 71st Street, New York 21; purchased by MFA from Mathias Komor, January 12, 1966

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund

Italic, Etruscan, Archaic Period, about 525–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 433; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x length: 5.8 x 9.7 cm (2 5/16 x 3 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

66.9

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels