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Head of a Lion
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Head of a Lion

Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description The lion's face is from a couch. Four pieces of bone form the lion's face; missing are pieces that would have completed the mouth, the chin, and the top of the head. The eyes were once inlaid with colored glass. More complete couches, found in Roman tombs in Italy show that lions' faces like this one decorated the frames of couches. Bone decorations of this type from funeral couches placed in tombs, but the couches were undoubtedly used also in real life.
Date Description Narrative
8/12/1982Treatmentcleaned; examined for exhibition
Provenance William T. / Henry Walters Collection, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by William T. or Henry Walters

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1st century BCE-1st century CE (Hellenistic-Roman Imperial)
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 3 1/4 x W: 4 3/4 in. (8.2 x 12 cm)
  • Italy (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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