Pottery rhyton in the form of a lion. A lion preparing to spring. The base is of irregular outline and has been cut away inside so as to leave only a narrow support, glazed black, and decorated with a wavy pattern. The tail is laid back against the right flank, and beside it a spout rises vertically, adjoining an arching handle over the spine. The hide of the lion is represented by rows of small hatched marks in brown on the natural clay; the mane is conventionally modelled in rows of tongue-shaped locks. The mouth is open and forms a second spout communicating with the interior. The mask and feet have been painted yellow on a white engobe, but these colours have mostly faded. The tail appears to have been coloured vermilion. The belly is left unpainted. Around the lip of the vertical spout is a band of herring-bone pattern ; around its neck, a loop pattern.
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