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Lion Head from a Ritual Vessel

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
MEDIUM Faience
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 525-404 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 27
    PERIOD First Persian Period
    DIMENSIONS 4 1/4 x 2 13/16 x 4 5/16 in. (10.8 x 7.1 x 11 cm)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Peabody Museum
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Green faience base of a rhyton in form of a roaring lion. Lion frontal with extended (missing) paws. Between paws a circular opening originally supplied with a moulding. Mouth and eyes outlined in purplish-bluish-black glaze. Teeth and tongue modeled in detail. Roof of mouth has detailed ridges. Traces of red paint (or glaze?) on tongue and mouth. Wrinkles above nose indicated by zig-zag lines Base of object slightly convex. Body of rhyton almost entirely missing, but interior was glazed. Interior of vessel narrows to circular opening of about 2.5 cm. diameter and again enlarges to entire interior of head section. Condition: Fragmentary. Front paws mostly missing. Lower jaw chipped.
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