Striding lion

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

Findspot: Iraq, Babylon


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed bricks

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World


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.


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