- Museum number
Gold couchant lion: the body cast with a hole through the chest to the tail; the rectangular baseplate with curved front edge was made separately. The body is smooth and undecorated except for details of the mane which are chased between parallel lines, and the feathering on the forelegs. The face is expressive, with large, downturned eyes, an unusual feature. The nose is prominent, the mouth upcurved. The chest is undecorated and covered with a coppery deposit. The tail is made from a piece of wire looped around the right haunch, decorated with short incised lines and ending in a knob. On the base-plate is inscribed, to the right, a scene showing two dancing men flanking a 'nefer'-sign. The cross-bar of the hieroglyph is lower than usual because of the position of the mens' arms. To the left is a hawk representing Horus, and a Set-animal followed by three hieroglyphs.
- Production date
- 1650BC-1550BC (circa)
Height: 1.80 centimetres (whole)
Length: 3.60 centimetres (base)
Width: 1.10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- The lion may be Syrian in origin or inspiration.
The British Museum, 'A Guide to the Third and Fourth Egyptian Rooms' (London, 1904), 216, no. 175;
E. A. Wallis Budge 'A Guide to the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Egyptian Rooms, and the Coptic Room' (London, 1922), 90, no. 175;
E. Russmann, 'Eternal Egypt : masterworks of ancient art from the British Museum' , (New York, 2001), 174, no. 83.
Temples and Tombs (American Federation of Arts, 2006): 84, cat no. 40
G. Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt (London 1994), fig.57.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2006 7 Sept-26 Nov, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs
2006 21 Dec-2007 18 Mar, Jackonsville, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Temples & Tombs
2007 15 Apr-8 Jul, Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Temples & Tombs
2007 16 Nov-2008 10 Feb, New Mexico, Albuquerque Museum, Temples & Tombs
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number