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Lion's head (or protome), from a bronze cuirassed statue

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This head or protome is of heavy-cast bronze; the mouth is pierced through, and on each side of the mouth a small indentation was perhaps intended for the attachment of a chain. The appliqué appears to have formed part of the fastenings for the shoulder straps of a metal cuirass from a statue of...

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By date unknown: Private Collection, U.S.; anonymous gift to MFA, December 12, 1957

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. C. T. Seltman

Roman, Imperial Period,

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 591; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


Height: 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World