Funerary lion

Greek
Late Classical Period
about 390 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 076; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x length: 43 x 122 cm (16 15/16 x 48 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

65.563

Medium or Technique

Marble, Pentelic

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The animal is crouching with his head turned slightly to the right. He wrinkles his snout, and his teeth are bared in a gentle snarl. His mane is expressed in series of flamelike tufts, each distinct row carved in an alternate direction, and a ridge of fur or hair starts down the center of the back, for a relatively short distance.
The legs and tail have been recomposed and restored from fragments, with the missing areas executed in colored plaster. The forelegs and feet are nearly complete, and they join on the plinth to give the animal a correct angle as now mounted. The marble has acquired a handsome golden patina.

Provenance

Probably 1934: Brummer Collection (said to be from the Athens Market, about 1934); by 1965: with Mrs. Ella Brummer, 11 East 68th Street, New York 21; purchased by MFA from Mrs. Ella Brummer, May 12, 1965

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund