Finial, lion head - ROM2018_16218_36


Finial, lion head

Medium:Wood, gesso, paint
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 30 BC-642 AD
Period: Roman Period
8.9 × 6.9 × 6.5 cm
Object number: 910.37.11
Credit Line: Gift Of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
Description This rather wistful-looking lion  head once belonged to a piece of furniture, most likely the leg of a funerary bed.  The whole leg, with head, forepart, and legs was usually carved from one piece of wood, so it is likely that this lion was removed from the rest at some point in the past.  This lion comes from a set of three acquired by C.T. Currelly in Egypt from Theodore Davis around 1906.  Sometimes two lions supported each side of a funeral bed, as in ROM 910.27. During the Roman period, a funerary bed was sometimes used to support the mummy in the tomb chamber, and perhaps during the funerary rites

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