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).


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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.


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