From Egypt; Said to be from Southern Upper Egypt, Gebelein (Krokodilopolis)
L. 23.4 x H. 12 x W. 12.5 cm (9 3/16 x 4 3/4 x 4 15/16 in.)
Purchase, Fletcher Fund and The Guide Foundation Inc. Gift, 1966
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
This powerful figure of a crouching lion belongs to the beginning of Egypt's historic period, when the process of integrating Upper and Lower Egypt into one centralized state was underway. The simplified sculptural treatment, with the tail curled over the back and the absence of a base, is typical of sculpture from this period, when the Egyptians were learning to master the art of carving in hard stone.
Purchased in Luxor by Reverend Randolph Berens, ca. 1894. Later in Bruce collection, sold at Sotheby's, Jan. 18, 1951, no. 286. Purchased by Albert Gallatin at a private sale at Spinks, London, 1951. Gallatin Collection purchased by the Metropolitan Museum from Mr. Gallatin's estate, 1966.