13 June 2000
A MIDDLE ELAMITE BANDED AGATE LION
circa 12th century b.c.
The stylized lion recumbent, with its legs folded under its body, its tail curling over its right flank, the wide face with a horizontal mouth, short ears and wide almond-shaped eyes, the pupils drilled, pierced through the shoulders
2¼ in. (5.7 cm) long
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For a related banded agate lion in the Louvre see no. 99 in Harper, et al., The Royal City of Susa, Ancient Near Eastern Treasures in the Louvre.
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