Lion

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
about 570 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 390; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x depth: 45 x 50 cm (17 11/16 x 19 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

61.131

Medium or Technique

Nenfro

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The lion was seated, in an alert, frontal position. Loss of curled wings, forelegs, and lower hindquarters give him an unusual appearance. He is characterized by open mouth, large upper and lower teeth, fleshy jaws with wrinkles above, and a large tongue, which lolls down as far as the chest. There are traces of red paint on this tongue, suggesting the coloristic possibilities of the animal in antiquity.
The ends of the wings, much of the back, and most of the legs and haunches are missing. The remainder is dented here and there, and has the usual irregular surface.

Provenance

By 1960: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia 3, Pa. (said to come from the necropolis at Vulci); February 8, 1961: purchased by MFA from Hesperia Art for $ 25,000.00 (this is the total price of 61.130 and 61.131)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund