Figure of a lion

Period: Iron Age

Date: ca. early to mid-1st millennium B.C.

Geography: Anatolia or Syria

Medium: Copper alloy

Dimensions: H. 7-3/8 in. (18.7 cm) x L. 10-1/2 in. (26.7 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, Gift of Dr. Mortimer D. Sackler, Theresa Sackler and Family, and funds from various donors, 2002

Accession Number: 2002.457a, b


Although the first half of the first millennium B.C. is known as a period of great metalwork production in the Near East, this lion is a rare surviving metal sculpture in the round. The animal's powerful presence is concentrated in the stylization of the face, executed in a manner that dates this work to the mid-first millennium B.C. The lion may be attributed to Anatolia or Syria based on comparison with monumental stone relief carving of these regions.