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Lion's head from the sima of the Temple at Assos

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This is one of the four lion's heads that decorated the corners of the gable sima of the temple. The local volcanic stone is lighter and softer than the trachyte used for the temple as a whole; the material was consequently more suitable for sculpture. The animal was represented in the usual...

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From Assos (Behramkale, Turkey); sima of temple in acropolis. 188?: excavated by the Archaeological Institute of America; gift of the Archaeological Institute of America to MFA, January 1884.

Credit Line

Gift of the Archaeological Institute of America

Greek, East Greek, Archaic Period, about 525 B.C.


Assos (Behramkale), Troad, Anatolia (Turkey)

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 021.


26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tufa, so-called (local volcanic stone)


The Ancient World


Architectural elements