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The Lion of Knidos

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • The Lion of Knidos
  • Description

    Colossal marble statue of a recumbent lion; carved with inlaid eyes originally probably of glass, but now missing.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2ndC BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 2.89 metres
    • Height: 1.82 metres
  • Bibliography

    • Jenkins 2007a bibliographic details
    • Sculpture 1350 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Great Court)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Discovered by Richard Pullan during Charles Newton's excavations in 1858; removed by Robert Murdoch Smith; brought back on HMS Supply.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


Colossal marble statue of a lion.

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Colossal marble statue of a lion.

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Object reference number: GAA8156

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