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Archeological Object

Sculpture of a lion


Sculpture of a lion

The statue shows a lion lying down with the front legs stretched out and an erect head. The sculpture was done with great attention to detail, especially in the rendering of the anatomical elements of the body. The muzzle, framed by a rich mane, shows the sunken eye sockets that once housed the eyes made with the inlay technique. The cartouche of Ramses II is engraved in the front part, abraded at the end: "The Lord of the Two Lands, User-Maat-Ra  Setep [en-Ra]."
Müller dates the statue to the early Ramesside period but, since there are not signs of rewriting of the cartouche, nothing suggests an usurpation by Ramses II of a sculpture made previously.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 20
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Unknown
Object
  Definizione: Animal statue
  Class and ware: Sculpture
  Title or subject:

Sculpture of a lion

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: XIX Dynasty - Reign of Ramses II
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Basalt
  Height: 51
  Width: 23,5
  Length: 94
  Varie: Conservation status: discreet; chipping spread over the muzzle, the body and on the base.
Bibliography
  Bibliography:

1965, Müller H.W., “Löwenskulpturen in der Äyptischen Sammlung des Bayerischen Staates”, in “Münchener Jahrbuch der bildenden Kunst” 16, p.22

1996, Sist L.,  “Museo Barracco. Arte Egizia” Quaderno - 3, Roma, pp. 59-60