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The lion was seated, in an alert, frontal position. Loss of curled wings, forelegs, and lower hindquarters give him an unusual appearance. He is characterized by open mouth, large upper and lower teeth, fleshy jaws with wrinkles above, and a large tongue, which lolls down as far as the chest. ...

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By 1961: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia 3, Pa. (said to come from the necropolis at Vulci); February 8, 1961: purchased by MFA from Hesperia Art for $ 25,000.00 (this is the total price of 61.130 and 61.131)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

Italic, Etruscan, Archaic Period, about 570 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 390; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).


Height x depth: 45 x 50 cm (17 11/16 x 19 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World