Finial, lion head - ROM2018_16218_40


Finial, lion head

Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Period: Undetermined Period
10.3 × 7 × 7.5 cm
Object number: 910.37.12
Credit Line: Gift Of Mrs. H.D. Warren
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionThis vigorously carved, inquisitive looking lion head once belonged to a piece of furniture, very likely forming part of the front legs of a funerary bed.  The whole leg, with head, forepart, and legs was usually carved in once piece, so it would seem that this lion was removed from the rest of the leg at some time in the past.  He forms part of a set with two others, 910.31.11 and 910.37.13 in the ROM.  There were probably originally four, two for each side of the front legs, as in ROM Funerary Bed 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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