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Head of Lioness


Mesopotamian
8th century BCE (?)
9 x 11.4 x 6.4 cm (3 9/16 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)
bone
BZ.1931.3

Not on view


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Description
The lioness bares her teeth, her ears back. Wide, flat muzzle. Straight carved lines at the side of her neck give the impression of hair in contrast to the coarse surface of the rest of the head.


Bibliography
B. Segall, American Journal of Archaeology, XLV (Jan. 1941), pp. 8f., fig. 1.


Exhibition History
Cambridge, Fogg Museum, "A Selection of Ivories, Bronzes, Metalwork and Other Objects from the Dumbarton Oaks Collection," Nov. 15 - December 31, 1945.


Acquisition History
Purchased through Royall Tyler (Paris) from May Morris (Norris), Jan. 29, 1931.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks.

Harvard University, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, November 1940.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C.