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Ivory head of a lion

-900/-700

British Museum

British Museum

This ivory lion's head probably comes from a piece of furniture. The back is flat with a mortice for attachment, possibly to the front of a throne or corner of a table. It was found at Fort Shalmaneser, which consisted of a palace, storerooms and arsenal for the Assyrian army.

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Details

  • Title: Ivory head of a lion
  • Date Created: -900/-700
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 5.50cm; Width: 5.40cm; Diameter: 3.85cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: carved
  • Subject: mammal
  • Registration number: 1963,1214.6
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Fort Shalmaneser
  • Period/culture: Phoenician
  • Material: ivory
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from British School of Archaeology, Iraq. Division of Finds Department of Antiquities of Iraq

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