Lion's head from a sarcophagus

Imperial Period
about A.D. 200

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 674; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).


Length 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



There are remains of three iron pins for attachment in the mane. The pupils of the eyes have not been hollowed out. From the same sarcophagus as 61.1235. The other two handles from this set were in the Art Market in Philadelphia before 1961. Stains from iron rust. Green patina.


According to C. Vermeule, Classical Journal 58, October 1962, this is one of a group of four handles found a number of years ago in Syria (a second handle from the group is MFA 61.1235); by date unknown: with Hesperia Art, 2219 St. James Place, Philadelphia 3, Pa.; date unknown: purchased from Hesperia Art by Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, Jr.; gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, Jr. to MFA, May 8, 1963

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule, Jr.