New York, Park Avenue
30 May 1997
A ROMAN MARBLE LION PROTOME
circa late 2nd-early 3rd century a.d.
With deeply drilled mane, bulging eyes, and furrowed brow, the snarling mouth now drilled for use as a fountain, originally from a large strigillated sarcophagus, part of the upper molding preservedible
22½in. (57.2cm.) high
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For two similar lions found beside the Appian Way opposite the Circus of Maxentius in Rome, see no. 39A-B in Walker, Catalogue of Roman Sarcophagi in the British Museum.
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