This lion appears to have formed the attachment to the top of a vessel, for there are holes through his paws and (horizontally) through his tail. The fleecy circles of his mane, as well as his jutting face, characterize him as work of the post-Archaic period. Green patina.
By 1967: Richard R. Wagner Collection (said to be from Istanbul); gift of Richard R. Wagner to MFA, December 13, 1967
Gift of Richard R. Wagner
Greek, Late Classical or Hellenistic Period, about 4th century B.C. or later
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 433A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).
Length: 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.)
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