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Forepart of a recumbent lion

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This small yet imposing lion, dating to the very beginning of the pharaonic age, marks a crucial point in the development of Egyptian sculpture. While retaining the rectangular form of the block from which it was made, the hard stone was skillfully carved to convey the curves of the animal's...

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Provenance

Possibly from Gebelein. By 1980: with Edward H. Merrin Gallery, New York; 1980: purchased by the MFA from the Edward H. Merrin Gallery, New York. (Accession Date: March 1, 1980)

Credit Line

Egyptian Special Purchase Fund

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1, 2960–2770 B.C.

Object Place for Label

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Possibly Gebelein, Egypt

Dimensions

Height x length: 13 x 13 cm (5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1980.73

Medium or Technique

Andesite porphyry

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture