Deaccessioned June 27, 2013

Lion

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 232.

Dimensions

Height x depth: 5 x 13 cm (1 15/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

65.1176

Medium or Technique

Marble, soft, probably from Western Asia Minor

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

This is a fully developed Roman lion found throughout the Greek world, betraying considerable study of nature. He was standing and roaring, a convention still very well expressed despite loss of legs and tail.
The surfaces are worn by the action of the sea; what remains has a yellowish white area, like a pebble on the beach.

Provenance

By 1965: Richard R. Wagner Collection (said to have been found in the sea off the Mysian coast near Pergamon; acquired in Istanbul); gift of Richard R. Wagner to MFA, September 22, 1965; June 26, 2013, deaccessioned by the MFA for sale through Christie's, New York.

Credit Line

Gift of Richard R. Wagner