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This is a fully developed Roman lion found throughout the Greek world, betraying considerable study of nature. He was standing and roaring, a convention still very well expressed despite loss of legs and tail. The surfaces are worn by the action of the sea; what remains has a yellowish white...

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By 1965: Richard R. Wagner Collection (said to have been found in the sea off the Mysian coast near Pergamon; acquired in Istanbul); gift of Richard R. Wagner to MFA, September 22, 1965; June 26, 2013, deaccessioned by the MFA for sale through Christie's, New York.

Credit Line

Gift of Richard R. Wagner

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period,

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 232.


Height x depth: 5 x 13 cm (1 15/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, soft, probably from Western Asia Minor


The Ancient World