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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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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


Possibly Gebelein, Egypt


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Andesite porphyry


The Ancient World