<em>Lion and Ointment Jar</em>, 525-404 B.C.E. Serpentine, 6 x 1 7/8 x 4 3/16 in. (15.3 x 4.8 x 10.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Henry Hottinger, 53.221.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.53.221.2_wwg8.jpg)

Lion and Ointment Jar

Medium: Serpentine

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:525-404 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 6 x 1 7/8 x 4 3/16 in. (15.3 x 4.8 x 10.7 cm)


Museum Location: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 53.221.2

Image: CUR.53.221.2_wwg8.jpg,West Wing gallery 8 installation

Catalogue Description:
Serpentine statuette of seated lion, in the round, supporting in his front paws an alabastron, carved in one piece with oblong base. Both sides of lion’s body inlaid with Achaemenid designs, originally set with opaque glass. Lower part of mane inlaid in glass. Head of lion turned to face spectator. Probably a temple vessel. Condition: Intact. Object has been assembled from several pieces. No restorations. Many inlays missing.

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