Lion's head waterspout

Greco-Roman


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 303.

Dimensions

Height: 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

18.445

Medium or Technique

Marble, crystalline Greek, probably from Attica

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

A section of upper molding remains, with a fillet and flat top. Otherwise, the head is broken on all edges, around the lion’s head and mane.
The form of this lion’s head is conventional to Greek sculpture from the fourth century B.C. into the Roman imperial period. This example from the sima molding of a building would seem to belong to the Hellenistic or Graeco-Roman periods in Greece. A date in the imperial age, perhaps around A.D. 125 to 175, is suggested by the free use of a rough drill in cutting out the lion’s mane.

Provenance

From Athens or mainland Greece and/or the Aegean islands (?).

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William de Forest Thomson