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A Lion and a Leopard Attacking Animals
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A Lion and a Leopard Attacking Animals


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Description On the left side of this relief, an Asiatic lion attacks a gazelle, while a rabbit tries to jump away from the gazelle's forelegs. On the right, a leopard jumps down from rocks onto the back of an ibex; a small rodent flees the hoofs of the ibex. Birds in the branches of acacia trees observe the two scenes. The frieze was broken in two during the civil war in Yemen in 1962, and the longer right section was discolored by fire.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
3/13/2008Examinationexamined for condition
Exhibitions
  • Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008.
Provenance Imam Ahmed, King of Yemen; Dr. Giraud Foster, Baltimore, 1961, by gift; [The piece was housed in the palace of the Imam, and was lost upon the Egyptian invasion of Yemen in September 1962 after the death of the Imam. It appeared again in London where it was sold by Sotheby's]; Sotheby's, London, between 1963 and 1971; Giraud and Carolyn Foster, Baltimore, between 1963 and 1971, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 2008, by gift.
Credit Gift of Giraud and Carolyn Foster, 2008

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Period
5th-3rd century BC
Medium
calcite-alabaster, traces of paint
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
21.71
Measurements
H: 4 5/16 x W: 19 3/16 x D: 1 3/8 in. (10.9 x 48.7 x 3.5 cm)
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