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Statuette of Cybele/Magna Mater wearing a mural crown and riding a lion

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Cybele riding on a lion, a tympanon in her left hand, end of her himation in the raised right, rich mural crown on her head. The end of the galloping lion's tail curls up to her right elbow. The goddess' face suggests an Antonine or Severan date.

Provenance

By 1971: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, CH 4002, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., February 9, 1972

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 200

Dimensions

5.2 x 4.4 cm (2 1/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

1972.45

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture