AN EARLY BYZANTINE POLYCHROME LIMESTONE AND MARBLE MOSAIC OF A LION
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The lion is simply standing, rather than hunting or fighting. While the creature may have been part of a larger composition of exotic animals within a geometric border, it could well have been part of a Christian composition, one of a pendant pair on either side of the Biblical Tree of Life.

 

Early Byzantine I, 5th–6th Century AD

 

Height: 98.7 cm.     (38 7/8 in.)

Width: 122.5 cm.     (48 1/4 in.)

 

Ex: Private collection, New York by the 1980s. With Antiquarium, Ltd., New York 1989. Ex: Private collection of C. Bronfman, New York 1996.

 

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Published:

Antiquarium; Ancient Treasures XX. (London, 2022) p.43

 

Comparanda:

Brooklyn Museum, New York  acc. no. 05.18

 

Musée National du Bardo, Tunis