Roman Bronze Lion, 2nd/3rd Century AD
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Bronze: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1222936
Ostracon Ancient Art
Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Seated lion with sideward turned head and raised right paw. Neat incisions for the whiskers and the mane. The tail of the animal turns around the right haunch.
The roaring open mouth and the gesture with the raised paw denote the apotropaic function of the figurine.
Roman, 2nd/3rd century AD
H. 3.1 cm (1.2 in)
H. with plinth 4.7 cm (1.9 in)
Fine example of excellent preservation. Solid cast bronze.
Swiss private collection, since the 1960s. Thence Swiss art market (data to the buyer).
The authenticity of the object is unconditionally guaranteed.