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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 374

    AN ASSYRIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF PANEL DEPICTING THE DYING LION AND LIONESS

    20TH CENTURY, AFTER THE ANTIQUE

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    AN ASSYRIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF PANEL DEPICTING THE DYING LION AND LIONESS
    20th century, after the antique
    With relief scene to either side depicting a dying lion struck by an arrow on the shoulder, seated with head bowed and blood gushing from the lion's mouth, the reverse depicting the dying lioness, shown struck by three arrows down the back, dragging her rear limbs behind her, mounted
    The panel: 15 x 25 in. (38 x 63 cm.)


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    See J. Reade, Assyrian Sculpture, British Museum, London, 1983, p. 55, for the original relief panel of the Dying Lioness (inv. WA124856). The Dying Lion panel can also be found at the British Museum (inv. ME 1992-4-4.1). Both panels were from a series of wall panels from Ashurbanipal's palace, dated circa 645 B.C., that showed a royal lion hunt.

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