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Spout in form of a lion's head

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The lower jaw is formed into the spout; there is a hole at the back for the insertion of the pipe. The mane is roughly brushed, upwards and to left or right. Bluish green (river?) patina, with remains of calcareous coating.


By about A.D. 1650: recorded in Dal Pozzo-Albani drawing no. 521 in the British Museum; by 1899: with E. P. Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome 1899.); purchased by MFA from E. P. Warren, 1899, for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 665; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).


Height x length: 9.9 x 8.2 cm (3 7/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World