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Abbasid lion figure in bronze

9th century

National Museum of Qatar

National Museum of Qatar

This figurine is a stylized lion and was discovered in Murwab in 2007 in a house, and is part of a tableware set with glazed decorations. The lion is complete with a rectangular head, ears, a thick neck with a mane, a narrow four-legged body, mounted on a rectangular base. This particular base would allow attaching this figurine either on a saddle or on a post of a wooden chest. This lion, a highly prized iconography from Iran, is a decorative element that illustrates the expansion of commercial networks within the region.

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  • Title: Abbasid lion figure in bronze
  • Date created: 9th century
  • Location: Qatar
  • Type: Religion or Ritual
  • Rights: National Museum of Qatar
  • Medium: Copper Alloy

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