Daniel’s Tormentors thrown to the Lions?

Daniel in the Lion's Den?

16th century

Object Place: Europe, Germany


Overall: 25 x 13.5 x 2 cm (9 13/16 x 5 5/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Stone; Kelheim stone

On View

Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)





Relief in Kehlheim Stone. Probably after contemporary print. Men being pushed off edge of abyss into rocky pit and attacked by lions. At left bearded figure in ermine-trimmed man-forward resting on rock, sceptre in right hand, left arm extended and pointing. Behind his small child hides in cloak. Two small figures, one holding banner, other holding mask, crouch at his right. Long-haired figure in draped robe looks on from left. Relief squared at top and bottom, rounded at sides. Smooth border. 18th century inscription on back: BEDALL (or BEDOLI) 1598.

This wildly animated scene of lions devouring men may well show the Biblical scene following the more famous episode of Daniel in the Lions’ Den. Since Daniel was spared a horrible death through God’s favor, King Darius instead ordered his tormentors to be thrown to those same lions.


Dr. Gustav Hermann, Prague (?) [see note 1]. 1967, Hermann Baer (dealer), London; 1967, sold by Baer to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 13, 1967)

[1] According to notes in the curatorial file. This has not been verified.

Credit Line

Mary L. Smith Fund