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Recumbent lion

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Small figurine of a recumbent lion made of gold sheet over a quartz, gypsum, and feldspar core; with blue powdered glass (enamel) in cloisons constituting the mane. This method of cloisonné enamel work is typical of the workshops of Alexandria.


Probably from Alexandria. By 1958, Horace L. Mayer, Williamstown, MA; 1962, gift of Horace L. Mayer to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 12, 1962) NOTE: First lent to the MFA by Horace L. Mayer on March 24, 1958.

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 305–30 B.C.

Object Place

Possibly Alexandria, Egypt


Height x width x depth: 2.5 x 2 x 5 cm (1 x 13/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gold sheet and blue enamel over a quartz, gypsum, and feldspar core


The Ancient World