Striding lion

Near Eastern, Mesopotamian, Babylonian
Neo-Babylonian Period, reign of Nebuchadnezzar I
604–561 B.C.


Findspot: Iraq, Babylon

Dimensions

Height: 106 cm (41 3/4 in.); width: 232 cm (91 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

31.898

Medium or Technique

Glazed bricks

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tile and inlays

Open-mouthed lion, teeth bared, striding left. One of 120 lifesize lions that lined the Processional Way from the Ishtar Gate to the Temple of Marduk at Babylon.

Provenance

From Babylon, Processional Street. 1899: excavated by the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft; 1931: purchased by the MFA from the Kaiser Friedrich Museum, Berlin.
(Accession Date: October 8, 1931)

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund