Figure of a lion, from a vessel or box (?)

Italic, Etruscan
Archaic Period
about 525–500 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 433; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 124 (additional published references).


Height x length: 5.8 x 9.7 cm (2 5/16 x 3 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The lion is recumbent, with ears back and tail curled up toward the left top of his rump. Whiskers and ruff are modeled and incised; the mane is incised with curving strokes like parentheses. He seems to be partly hollow cast with some lead filling and an iron pin through his back, suggesting he sat on the rim or handle-plate of a vessel, or on the lid of a box. The left ear is damaged. Ancient pin for mounting in bottom center; interior at rear filled with lead. Green patina with reddish brown encrustation and pitting.


By date unknown shortly after 1949: George Ortiz Collection, Switzerland (said in his letter of February 8, 2001, to have come from Cerveteri via the Roman art market); by 1965: with Mathias Komor, 19 East 71st Street, New York 21; purchased by MFA from Mathias Komor, January 12, 1966

Credit Line

Edwin E. Jack Fund