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Statue of a Lion

Object Details


Statue of a Lion






Roman Empire (Place Created)


2nd century A.D.


Marble-like limestone

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114.5 × 64 × 4.4 cm (45 1/16 × 25 3/16 × 1 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

Statue of a lion with the head turned slightly towards its right. The legs and tail are missing, and the front part of the lower jaw is a modern restoration. The ribs and some musculature of the hind legs are visible. The lion was likely originally in a crouching position. The mane is composed of large pointed locks that curl slightly at the ends. The shape of a C is incised at the base of the tail.

by 1912

on display in front of Palazzo Spaventa (Preturo, Province of l’Aquila, Italy)
Source: The German Archaeological Institute (DAI) Rome photo archive (Arachne ID: 5357531 and 5357532; negativnummer: 3027 and 3028).

after 1928

Dragonetti Family (Pizzoli, Province of l’Aquila, Italy)

by 1957 - 1958

Nicolas Koutoulakis, 1910 - 1996 (Paris, France; Geneva, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1958.


Bulletin of the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art (Malibu: 1959), p. 21 f., fig. 14.

Getty, J. Paul. The Joys of Collecting (New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1965), p. 68 f., ill.

Stothart, Herbert. A Handbook of the Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1965), p. 18, no. A58.S-8.

Vermeule, Cornelius C. "Appendix: Lions, Attic and Related." American Journal of Archaeology 72 (1968), pp. 99-101, p. 101.

Vermeule, Cornelius, and Norman Neuerberg. Catalogue of the Ancient Art in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1973), p. 16, no. 31, ill.

Frel, Jiří. Antiquities in the J. Paul Getty Museum: A Checklist; Sculpture II: Greek Portraits and Varia (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, November 1979), p. 31, no. V56.

Koch, Guntram, with Karol Wight. Roman Funerary Sculpture: Catalogue of the Collections (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988), pp. 122-23, no. 46, ill.