Funerary lion

Late Classical Period
about 390 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 076; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 108 (additional published references).


Height x length: 43 x 122 cm (16 15/16 x 48 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble, Pentelic

Not On View


The Ancient World



The animal is crouching with his head turned slightly to the right. He wrinkles his snout, and his teeth are bared in a gentle snarl. His mane is expressed in series of flamelike tufts, each distinct row carved in an alternate direction, and a ridge of fur or hair starts down the center of the back, for a relatively short distance.
The legs and tail have been recomposed and restored from fragments, with the missing areas executed in colored plaster. The forelegs and feet are nearly complete, and they join on the plinth to give the animal a correct angle as now mounted. The marble has acquired a handsome golden patina.


Probably 1934: Brummer Collection (said to be from the Athens Market, about 1934); by 1965: with Mrs. Ella Brummer, 11 East 68th Street, New York 21; purchased by MFA from Mrs. Ella Brummer, May 12, 1965

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund