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Mosaic with a donkey nursing lion cubs

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This example of foster-mothering with different species would not have been a success; the donkey's milk would not have been rich enough for the young carnivores, who would have become progressively weaker unless some other nourishment was found for them. The experiment could have been a staged...

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By 1960: with Münzen und Medaillen AG, Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (according to a letter from Herbert Cahn of Münzen und Medaillen, he: bought [the mosaic] from somebody in Casablanca who in his turn had [it] from Tunisia.); May 11, 1960: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen AG for $ 3,000.00

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Gift of the Class of the Museum of Fine Arts, Mrs. Arthur L. Devens, Chairman

Roman, Imperial Period, 3rd century A.D.

Place of Manufacture

North Africa


Overall: 80 x 154 cm (31 1/2 x 60 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mosaic: of marble, limestone, and glass cubes (tesserae)


The Ancient World